Friday morning snapshot

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

Last night in the US: US markets were closed for the Independence Day holiday.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently up 17 points at 6438.

FX and commoditiesGBP/USD is down 53 pips at $1.5017, EUR/USD is down 20 pips at $1.2894 and USD/JPY is up 25 pips at Y100.29. Oil - Brent Crude is up 22 cents at $105.72 and Gold is trading at $1242, down $9.

Stocks: Balfour Beatty has won a £121 million contract in London.

The day ahead: In Europe, German factory orders are released at 11am. In the US, non-farm payrolls and unemployment are due at 1.30pm (all London times).

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