Global markets roundup, 3 February

• FTSE 100 down 0.4% to 6,510

• Gold up 0.05% to $1,244.55/oz

• £/$ – 1.6439

The FTSE 100 saw further falls on Friday closing down 0.4% at 6,510.  For January as a whole, the index fell 3.5%.

Greek drinks bottler Coca Cola HBC was Friday’s biggest faller, losing 3.2%. While at the other end of the table, BT Group saw the day’s biggest gains with a 3.3% rise.

In Europe on Friday, the Paris CAC 40 fell 15 points to 4,165, and the German Xetra Dax lost 67 points to 9,306.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 0.9% to 15,698, the S&P 500 lost 0.7% to 1,782, and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.5% higher at 4,103.

In Asia, the Nikkei 225 and the broader Topix index each fell 2% to 14,619 and 1,196 respectively. China’s markets remained closed for a public holiday.

Brent spot was trading at $106.40 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $97.24. Spot gold was trading at $1,242 an ounce, silver was at $19.05 and platinum was at $1,383.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6397 and against the euro at 1.2152. The dollar was trading at 0.7411 against the euro and 102.14 against the Japanese yen.

And today, Irish airline Ryanair announced a loss of €35m in the third quarter, its worst performance since 2008. Passenger numbers increased by 6% compared with the same period last year, but fares were 9% lower.

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