Global markets roundup, 30 April

• FTSE 100 up 1% to 6,769

• Gold down 0.06% to $1,295.90/oz

• £/$ – 1.6827

The FTSE 100 saw further gains yesterday, rising 1% to close at 6,769.

Financial stocks were among the best performers. Legal & General topped the index with a 3.2% rise, while Hargreaves Lansdown gained 3.1%, Standard Life added 2.7% and St James’s Place was 2% higher.

In Europe yesterday, the Paris CAC 40 rose 37 points to 4,497, and the German Xetra Dax gained 138 points to 9,584.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.5% to 16,535, the S&P 500 added 0.5% to 1,878, and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.7% to 4,103.

Overnight in Japan, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.1% to 14,304, and the wide Topix index added 0.2% to1,162. And in China, the Shanghai Composite rose 0.3% to 2,026, and the CSI 300 was unchanged at 2,158.

Brent spot was trading at $108.42 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $100.24. Spot gold was trading at $1,291 an ounce, silver was at $19.35 and platinum was at $1,418.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6812 and against the euro at 1.2175. The dollar was trading at 0.7242 against the euro and 102.50 against the Japanese yen.

And today, Royal Dutch Shell reported a 44% fall in profit. The company made $4.47bn in the first quarter, after writing down $2.3bn in the value of its European and Asian refineries.

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