• FTSE 100 down 0.8% at 6,512
• Gold up 0.95% to $1,336.95/oz
• £/$ – 1.6139
The FTSE 100 ended the week on a low note on Friday, falling 0.8% to close at 6,512.
Miners were the main drag on the index. Evraz was the day’s worst performer with a 4.1% fall. Polymetal and Antofagasta each lost 2.8% lower, and Vedanta was 2.7% lower.
In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 was unchanged at 4,186, and the German Xetra Dax was three points lower at 8,664.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.5% to 15,258, the S&P 500 lost 0.4% to 1,691, and the Nasdaq Composite slipped 0.2% to 3,781.
Overnight in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 slid 2.1% to 14,455 and the broader Topix index fell 1.9% to 1,194. And in China, the Shanghai Composite slid rose 0.7% to 2,174, and the CSI 300 was 0.6% higher at 2 ,409.
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In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6139 and against the euro at 1.1963. The dollar was trading at 0.7412 against the euro and 97.83 against the Japanese yen.
And in the UK, the latest data from property analysis firm Hometrack shows house prices rose by 0.5% in September, and by 2.4% year on year. But the company dismissed any notion of a bubble. Hometrack’s director of research, Richard Donnell, said “ talk of a housing bubble in relation to the national market is overdone.”