Global markets roundup, 6 June

• FTSE 100 down 0.1% to 6,813

• Gold up 0.71% to $1,253.69/oz

• £/$ – 1.6820

The FTSE 100 slipped back after earlier gains yesterday. The index closed down 0.1% at 6,813.

Housebuilder Persimmon was the biggest faller of the day, sliding 5.1%. Royal Mail fell 3.1% and Burberry was 2.7% lower.

In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 rose 47 points to 4,458, and the German Xetra Dax rose 21 points to 9,947.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.6% to 16,836, the S&P 500 added 0.7% to 1,940, and the Nasdaq Composite was 1.1% higher at 4,296.

Overnight in Japan, the Nikkei 225 slipped two points to 15,077 and the broader Topix rose 0.2% to 1,234. And in China, the Shanghai Composite fell 0.5% to 2,029, and the CSI 300 was 0.7% lower at 2,134.

Brent spot was trading at $108.81 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $102.37. Spot gold was trading at $1,255 an ounce, silver was at $19.06 and platinum was at $1,446.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6812 and against the euro at 1.2319. The dollar was trading at 0.7327 against the euro and 102.26 against the Japanese yen.

And in the UK, house prices rose by 3.9% in May, according to the latest figures from the Halifax. The annual rate rose to 8.7%, from 8.5% in April. The average price of a home now stands at £184,464.

Merryn

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