• FTSE 100 down 0.8% at 6,462
• Gold down 0.58% to $1,328.94/oz
• £/$ – 1.6186
The FTSE 100 fell yesterday as America’s impending government shutdown unsettled investors. The index closed down 0.8% at 6,462.
Miners were out of favour. Fresnillo was one of the day’s worst performers with a fall of 2.7%, Glencore Xstrata lost 2.1% and Rio Tinto , Anglo American and Antofagasta each fell 1.4%.
Housebuilder Persimmon was the highest climber of the day, rising 2.4.
In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 fell 43 points to 4,143, and the German Xetra Dax was 67 points lower at 8,594.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.8% to 15,129, the S&P 500 lost 0.6% to 1,681, and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.3% lower at 3,771.
Overnight in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 gained 0.2% to 14,484 and the broader Topix index slipped 0.1% to 1,193. China’s markets were closed for a public holiday.
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In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6248 and against the euro at 1.1967. The dollar was trading at 0.7365 against the euro and 97.93 against the Japanese yen.
And in the UK, building supplies firm Wolseley reported a 10.7% rise in profits. In the year to the end of July, the company made a trading profit of £725m. Revenue rose 4.1% to £12.9bn.