Markets: FTSE 100 slips further

  • FTSE 100 down 0.3% to 6,034
  • Gold up 1.14% to 1,078.32/oz
  • £/$ – 1.4885

The FTSE 100 fell further on yesterday, down 0.3% to close at 6,034.

Greek drinks bottler Coca Cola HBC was the day’s biggest faller, sliding 3.1%. Medical equipment maker Smith & Nephew lost 2.5%, and Associated British Foods slipped 2.4%.

In Europe, the Paris CAC 40 fell 1.3% to 4,565, and the German Xetra Dax lost 1% to 10,497.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.7% to 17,251, the S&P 500 added 0.8% to 2,021, and the Nasdaq Composite was 0.9% higher at 4,968.

Overnight in Japan, the Nikkei 225 slipped 0.2% to 18,886, and the broader Topix index rose 0.2% 1,533. And in China, the CSI 300 added 0.3% to 3,876, and the Shanghai Composite gained 0.3% to 3,822.

Brent spot was trading at $36.60 early today, and in New York, crude oil was at $36.18. Spot gold was trading at $1,079 an ounce, silver was at $14.29 and platinum was at $874.

In the forex markets this morning, sterling was trading against the US dollar at 1.4894 and against the euro at 1.3642. The dollar was trading at 0.9159 against the euro and 121.05 against the Japanese yen.

And in the UK, consumers remain confident about the economy, according to the latest survey from GfK. The monthly consumer sentiment indicator rose to +2 in December, up from +1 in November. It has been in positive territory all year, the first time since 1974, according to GfK’s Joe Staton.

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