Global markets roundup, 24 April

• FTSE 100 down 0.1% to 6,674

• Gold up 0.01% to $1,283.90/oz

• £/$ – 1.6782

The FTSE 100 slipped back a little yesterday, closing down 0.1% at 6,674.

Antofagasta was the day’s worst performer, down 5.7% after going ex-dividend. Other big fallers included Centrica, which lost 4.2%, and Sport Direct, which fell 4% despite reporting a rise in earnings.

In Europe on Thursday, the Paris CAC 40 fell 33 points to 4,451 and the German Xetra Dax lost 56 points to 9,544.

In the US yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.1% to 16,501, the S&P 500 fell 0.2% to 1,875, and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.8% lower at 4,126.

Overnight in Japan, the Nikkei 225 slid 1% to 14,404, and the broader Topix index fell 0.8% to 1,164. And in China, the Shanghai Composite fell 0.5% to 2,57, and the CSI 300 was 0.2% lower at 2,190.

Brent spot was trading at $109.37 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $101.74. Spot gold was trading at $1,285 an ounce, silver was at $19.33 and platinum was at $1,396.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6800 and against the euro at 1.2147. The dollar was trading at 0.7230 against the euro and 102.32 against the Japanese yen.

And today, builder’s merchant Travis Perkins reported a rise in sales. Like for like sales in the first quarter rose by 12.7%, with total sales up by 14.2%. Sales in its consumer division, which includes the Wickes DIY chain, rose by 6.9%.

• Stay up to date with MoneyWeek: Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Google+

MoneyWeek magazine

Latest issue:

Magazine cover
In the balance

How May 2015 could hit your pocket

The UK's best-selling financial magazine. Take a FREE trial today.
Claim 4 FREE Issues

Russell Napier: deflation is coming – hold on to your cash

Financial historian Russell Napier talks to Merryn Somerset Webb about the next deflationary bust – why it's coming, what it means for you, and how you can survive it.


Which investment platform?

When it comes to buying shares and funds, there are several investment platforms and brokers to choose from. They all offer various fee structures to suit individual investing habits.
Find out which one is best for you.


28 November 1660: the Royal Society is founded

After the restoration of the monarchy, members of the 'Invisible College' asked King Charles II to approve their scientific and literary society on this day in 1660.