Markets: FTSE 100 slips further as oil price weighs on stocks

  • FTSE 100 down 0.1% to 6,940
  • Gold down 0.51% to $1,206.83/oz
  • £/$ – 1.5366

The FTSE 100 slipped further yesterday, closing down 0.1% at 6,940 as energy stocks weighed on the index.

Tullow Oil was the day’s biggest faller, down 7.8%. Royal Dutch Shell lost 2.1% and BG Group fell 1.3%.

In European markets, the Paris CAC 40 fell 0.7% to 4,917, and the German Xetra Dax added 0.1% to 11,410.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.9% to 18,288, the S&P 500 added 0.6% to 2,117, and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.9% higher at 5,008.

Overnight in Japan, the Nikkei 225 slipped 0.1% to 18,815, and the broader Topix index rose 0.1% to 1,526. And in China, the Shanghai Composite slid 2.2% to 3,263, and the CSI 300 lost 2.6% to 3,507.

Brent spot was trading at $60.06 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $50.01. Spot gold was trading at $1,208 an ounce, silver was at $16.36 and platinum was at $1,185.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.5364 and against the euro at 1.3738. The dollar was trading at 0.8941 against the euro and 119.77 against the Japanese yen.

And today, Barclays reported a big fall in profits for the year. Statutory pre-tax profits fell by 21 %to £2.26bn for the 12 months to 31 December, after the bank set aside £750m to cover the costs of currency rigging allegations.

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