• FTSE 100 up 0.2% at 6,565
• Gold down 0.78% to $1,324.09/oz
• £/$ – 1.6041
The FTSE 100 nudged back into the black yesterday, adding 0.2% to close at 6,565.
TUI Travel led the index up, rising 3.9% after raising its profit forecast. Also in demand were restaurant and hotel group Whitbread, which gained 3.35, and contract caterer Compass, which rose 2.4%.
In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 slipped nine points to 4,186, and the German Xetra Dax was one point lower at 8,664.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 each rose 0.4% to 15,328 and 1,698 respectively, and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.7% to 3,787.
Overnight in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 slipped 0.3% to 14,760 and the broader Topix index fell 0.2% to 1,217. And in China, the Shanghai Composite slid rose 0.2% to 2,160, and the CSI 300 was 0.4% higher at 2 ,394.
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In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6082 and against the euro at 1.1914. The dollar was trading at 0.7408 against the euro and 98.64 against the Japanese yen.
And in the UK, house prices rose by 0.9% in September, according to the latest figures from the Nationwide. Prices are now 5% higher than they were a year ago, with the average price of a home standing at £172,127. But the divide between north and south is also growing – the average price of a home in the south is £100,000 higher than a home in the north.