Thursday morning snapshot

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

A bus passes the Bank of England
Source: Bloomberg

Last night in the US: The Dow Jones closed down 102 points at 16,843, the NASDAQ finished down six points at 4331 and the S&P 500 ended the day down six points at 1943.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down nine points at 6829.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is up 43 pips at $1.6830, EUR/USD is up seven pips at $1.3538 and USD/JPY is down one pips at ¥102.05. Brent crude is up 66 cents at $110.56 and gold is trading at $1261, down $1.

Stocks: The like-for-like sales figures for Mulberry have fallen by 15% in the last 10 weeks, as the company's drive to move into the exclusivity market looks to be back firing. PZ Cussons expects its pretax profits to rise by 6% in line with expectations. Pets at Home has shown that recently quoted companies can perform, as its annual earnings are up by 12.4%. Online clothing retailer Boohoo.com has seen its revenue increase by 63%. Premier Oil is expecting to receive government approval for its North Sea operations which should come online by 2017.

The day ahead: The European Central Bank monthly bulletin and industrial production data are expected today. In the US we have monthly retail sales and unemployment at 1.30pm. Tonight the Bank of England governor Mark Carney will be hosting the annual Mansion house dinner.

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

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