• FTSE 100 down 0.4% to 6,437
• Gold up 2.22% to $1,316.19/oz
• £/$ – 1.6223
The FTSE 100 fell for the fourth day in a row yesterday, despite a late rally from the mining sector. The index closed down 0.4% to 6,437..
Home improvement retailer Kingfisher was the day’s worst performer, losing 3.2%. Other heavy fallers included drinks bottler Coca Cola HBC, down 3%, and Intertek, which fell 2.6%.
In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 fell 38 points to 4,158, and the German Xetra Dax was 60 points lower at 8,629.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.4% to 15,133, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite each slipped 0.1% to 1,693 and 3,815 respectively.
Overnight in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 0.1% to 14,157, and the broader Topix index also lost 0.1% to 1,173. China’s markets remained closed for a public holiday.
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In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6210 and against the euro at 1.1923. The dollar was trading at 0.7355 against the euro and 97.82 against the Japanese yen.
And in the UK, Sainsbury’s reported a 4.6% rise in sales in the last quarter, with like for like sales excluding fuel up by 2%. Online grocery sales rose by 15% to over £1bn, and in the last year, sales from smaller ‘convenience’ stores grew by 20%.