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This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently up 22 points at 6507.
FX and commodities: GBP/USD is up 15 pips at $1. 6278, EUR/USD is down four pips at $1.3763 and USD/JPY is up 28 pips at ¥102.95. Brent crude is up 24 cents at $108.65 and gold is trading at $1235, up $5.20.
Stocks: United Utilities goes ex-dividend today. Food retailers are struggling again, with Tesco and Sainsbury’s being the second and third biggest fallers. BP has announced that it has made a major discovery in the gulf of Mexico.
The day ahead: UK unemployment figures are out at 9:30am, along with news of how the MPC last voted. A raft of US housing figures are due for release today, but all eyes are on the US FOMC statement tonight at 7pm.
All figures correct at 8.30am. All times London time.