Global markets roundup, 5 September

• FTSE 100 up four points to 6,877

• Gold down 0.59% to $1,261.93/oz

• £/$ – 1.6331

The FTSE 100 nudged marginally higher yesterday, adding four points to close at 6,877.

Standard Life was the day’s standout performer, up 8.1% after saying it is to sell its Canadian business for £2.2bn. BP was the worst performer, down 5.9%.

In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 rose 73 points to 4,494, and the German Xetra Dax added 98 points to 9,724.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.1% to 17,069, the S&P 500 fell 0.2% to 1,997, and the Nasdaq Composite lost 0.2% to 4,562.

Overnight in Japan, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.1% to 15.668, and the broader Topix index lost 0.3% to 1,293. And in China, the Shanghai Composite rose 0.9% to 2,326, and the CSI 300 was 0.7% higher at 2,449.

Brent spot was trading at $101.90 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $94.66. Spot gold was trading at $1,264 an ounce, silver was at $19.01 and platinum was at $1,401.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6320 and against the euro at 1.2609. The dollar was trading at 0.7725 against the euro and 105.21 against the Japanese yen.

And in the UK, job vacancies are growing at their fastest rate in 16 years, according to the latest figures from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. Their index for permanent job vacancies rose to 68.2 in August, its highest since 1998.

Merryn

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