Tuesday 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 49 points at 15,401, the NASDAQ finished down nine points at 3765 and the S&P 500 ended the day down eight points at 1701.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently up seven points at 6565.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is down 15 pips at $1.6027, EUR/USD is up 13 pips at $1.3510 and USD/JPY is up 29 pips at ¥99.13. Brent crude is down three cents at $108.14 and gold is trading at $1322, down 50 cents.

Stocks: Financial services group Close Brothers reported a 10% increase in full-year adjusted operating income.

The day ahead: UK mortgage approvals are due at 9.30am. David Miles of the Bank of England will be making an announcement at 11.30am. In the US, the S&P house price index is to be released at 2pm, followed by consumer confidence and Richmond manufacturing at 3pm. Esther George of the Federal Reserve will make an announcement at 6pm. 

All figures correct at 8.30am. All times London time.

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