• FTSE 100 up 0.3% to 6,757
• Gold down 0.03% to $1,316.18/oz
• £/$ – 1.7035
The FTSE 100 ended the week in a positive mood on Friday, buoyed by UK consumer confidence reaching its highest level since 2005. The index closed up 0.3% at 6,757.
TUI Travel was the top performer, adding 3.5%. Housebuilders were also in demand. Barratt Developments rose 3.2%, Persimmon added 1.5%, and builder’s merchant Travis Perkins was 1.9% higher.
In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 slipped three points to 4,436, and the German Xetra Dax gained 11 points to 9,815.
In the US on Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose five points to 16,851, the S&P 500 added 0.2% to 1,960, and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.4% higher at 4,397.
Overnight in Japan, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.4% to 15,162 and the broader Topix gained 0.8% to 1,262. And in China, the Shanghai Composite added 0.6% to 2,048, and the CSI 300 was 0.7% higher at 2,165.
In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.7015 and against the euro at 1.2466. The dollar was trading at 0.7326 against the euro and 101.40 against the Japanese yen.
And today, Standard Chartered has warned that profits in the first half of the year will be below expectations. The Asia-focused bank said operating profit will fall by 20% compared with the previous year because of “difficult trading conditions”.