Global markets roundup, 31 January

• FTSE 100 down 0.1% to 6,538

• Gold down 1.84% to $1,243.92/oz

• £/$ – 1.6485

The FTSE 100 continued to fall yesterday, slipping a further 0.1% to close at 6,583.

Drinks company Diageo was the day’s biggest faller, down 4.7% after revealing poor growth in sales. Precious metals miners followed the price of gold down – Fresnillo fell 1.9% and Randgold was 2.2% lower.

In Europe on Friday, the Paris CAC 40 rose 24 points to 4,180, and the German Xetra Dax gained 36 points to 9,373.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.7% to 15,743, the S&P 500 added 1.1% to 1,794, and the Nasdaq Composite was 1.8% higher at 4,123.

In Asia, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.6% to 14,914 and the broader Topix index slipped 0.3% to 1,220. China’s markets were closed for a public holiday.

Brent spot was trading at $107.66 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $97.68. Spot gold was trading at $1,240 an ounce, silver was at $19.04 and platinum was at $1,377.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6464 and against the euro at 1.2146. The dollar was trading at 0.7377 against the euro and 102.49 against the Japanese yen.

And in the UK, confidence among consumers is at its highest for over six years. January’s GfK Consumer Confidence index rose by six points to -7, its highest since September 2007.

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