Global markets roundup, 30 January

• FTSE 100 down 0.4% to 6,544

• Gold up 0.82% to $1,267.24/oz

• £/$ – 1.6563

The FTSE 100 swung a back down yesterday, slipping a further 0.4% to close at 6,544.

Bookmaker William Hill was the day’s worst performer with a 3.1% fall. But miners were in demand. Antofagasta led the market up with a 6.1% gain. Anglo American, Fresnillo and Randgold rose between 5.7% and 3.2%.

In Europe on Friday, the Paris CAC 40 fell 29 points to 4,156, and the German Xetra Dax lost 70 points to 9,336.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.2% to 15,738, the S&P 500 lost 1% to 1,774, and the Nasdaq Composite was 1.1% lower at 4,060.

In Asia, the Nikkei 225 fell 2.5% to 15,007 and the broader Topix index slid 2.6% to 1,224. And in China, the Shanghai Composite lost 0.8% to 2,033, and the CSI 300 was 1.1% lower at 2,202.

Brent spot was trading at $107.79 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $97.43. Spot gold was trading at $1,258 an ounce, silver was at $19.39 and platinum was at $1,391.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6512 and against the euro at 1.2142. The dollar was trading at 0.7342 against the euro and 102.31 against the Japanese yen.

And today, broadcaster BskyB reported a fall in profits for the second half of the year, but said it was on track to meet expectations for the full year. Pre-tax profits fell by 9.1% to £554m. Revenue rose from £3.5bn to £3.7bn.

Merryn

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