Friday morning snapshot

A snapshot of the early morning's equity news and key market movements.

Last night in the US: The Dow Jones closed down 12 points at 15,294, the NASDAQ finished down three points at 3459 and the S&P 500 closed down four points at 1650.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently up one point at 6697.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is down six pips at $1.5101, EUR/USD is up two pips at $1.2938 and USD/JPY is down 28 pips at Y101.72. Brent crude is up seven cents at $102.38 and gold is trading at $1390, down $1.

Stocks: Financial services provider Close Brothers Group announced a 4% rise in assets-under-management in the past three months compared with the same period last year.

The day ahead: In Europe, UK mortgage approvals are due at 9.30am, and the Bundesbank’s Jens Weidmann speaks at 11am. In the US, the durable goods report is scheduled for 1.30pm (all London times).

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