• FTSE 100 down two points to 6,834
• Gold down 1.05% to $1,241.41/oz
• £/$ – 1.6477
The FTSE 100 ended the day virtually unchanged yesterday, shedding just two points to close at 6,834.
Associated British Foods was the top performer with a 4.2% rise. Miners were out of favour, however. Rio Tinto lost 3.1%, Antofagasta fell 3% and Anglo American was 2.7% lower.
In Europe yesterday, the Paris CAC 40 rose one point to 4,323, and the German Xetra Dax added 15 points to 9,730.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.3% to 16,414, the S&P 500 added 0.3% to 1,843, and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.7% higher at 4,225.
In Asia, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.2% to 15,820, and the broader Topix index gained 0.3% to 1,299. And in China, the Shanghai Composite added 2.2% to 2,147, and the CSI 300 rose 2.6% to 2,243.
In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.6454 and against the euro at 1.2155. The dollar was trading at 0.7387 against the euro and 104.27 against the Japanese yen.
And today, pub operator Wetherspoons reported a big rise in sales in the last quarter. Total sales for the 12 weeks to 19 January rose by 10.6%, while sales at pubs open for at least a year rose by 6.7%. The company, which operates 880 pubs, said it aims to open a further 40-50 this year.