• FTSE 100 up 0.1% to 6,453
• Gold down 0.45% to $1,310.80/oz
• £/$ – 1.6010
The FTSE 100 ended the day marginally higher on Friday, rising just 0.1% to close at 6,453. The index was down 0.9% over the week, however.
Financial stocks performed well. Standard Life was the day’s best performer with a rose of 2.5%, while RBS added 1.8% and HSBC was 1.2% higher.
In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 rose 37 points to 4,164, and the German Xetra Dax was 25 points higher at 8,622.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.5% to 15,072, the S&P 500 gained 0.7% to 1,690, and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.9% to 3,807.
Overnight in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 1.2% to 13,853, and the broader Topix index slid 1.4% to 1,147. China’s markets remained closed.
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 1.6049 and against the euro at 1.1815. The dollar was trading at 0.7362 against the euro and 96.90 against the Japanese yen.
And in the UK, City workers are increasingly upbeat about the prospects for the financial sector. According to the latest CBI/PE+WC financial services survey, optimism was at its highest for 17 years in September.