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Wednesday morning snapshot

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

Last night in the US: The Dow Jones closed up 69 points at 16,675, the NASDAQ finished up 45 points at 3723 and the S&P 500 ended the day up 11 points at 1911.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down three points at 6841.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is down 42 pips at $1.6768, EUR/USD is down ten pips at $1.3625 and USD/JPY is down 12 pips at ¥101.84. Brent crude is up 28 cents at $110.32 and gold is trading at $1264, down $1.

Stocks: De La Rue has reported a 43% jump in its annual operating profits. Serco has signed a 15-year contract with ScotRail to run the Caledonian sleeper train service between Scotland and London.

The day ahead: Eurozone money supply is due out at 9am, followed by UK realised sales at 11am.

All figures correct at 8.15am. All times London time.

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