Markets: FTSE 100 flat

The FTSE 100 was virtually unchanged yesterday, adding just two points to close at 6,697.

  • FTSE 100 up two points to 6,697
  • Gold up 0.24% to $1,332.01/oz
  • £/$ 1.3111

Greek drinks bottler Coca-Cola HBC was the day's highest climber with a 3.2% rise, while at the other end of the table, miners Rio Tinto, Glencore and BHP Billiton lost between 3.5% and 2.9%.

In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 lost 0.6% to 4,330 and the German Xetra Dax slipped 0.8% to 9,981.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.1% to 18,559 the S&P 500 slipped 0.1% to 2,163, and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.4% lower at 5,036.

Overnight in Japan, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.3% to 16,681 and the broader Topix index lost 0.1% to 1,330. And in China, the CSI 300 and the Shanghai Composite each fell 0.3% to 3,237 and 3,027 respectively.

Brent spot was trading at $46.69 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $44.52. Spot gold was trading at $1,329 an ounce, silver was at $19.75 and platinum was at $1,083.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.3082 and against the euro at 1.1906. The dollar was trading at 0.9101 against the euro and 106.19 against the Japanese yen.

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