Friday morning snapshot

A snapshot of the early morning’s equity news and key markets movements.

Last night in the US: The Dow Jones closed down one point at 15,628, the NASDAQ finished up 49 points at 3675 and the S&P 500 closed up 21 points at 1706.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down two points at 6679.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is down 11 pips at $1.5108, EUR/USD is down one pip at $1.3206 and USD/JPY is up 14 pips at Y99.68. Brent Crude is up 25 cents at $109.58 and gold is trading at $1288, down $21.

Stocks: RBS announced a first half profit of £1.3 billion. Rexam reported a 2.3% drop in first half pre-profits.

The day ahead: In Europe, UK construction PMI is due out at 9.30am, followed by eurozone PPI at 1.30pm.

In the US, non-farm payrolls, unemployment, personal income and personal spending are due out at 1.30pm, followed by factory orders at 3pm.

All figures as at 8am (London time).

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