Friday 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 80 points at 15,040, the NASDAQ finished up 22 points at 3424 and the S&P 500 closed up 13 points at 1622.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down ten points at 6326.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is down 14 pips at $1.5585, EUR/USD is up five pips at $1.3245 and USD/JPY is down 27 pips at Y99.71. Brent Crude is up 30 cents at $103.82 and gold is trading at $1412, down $2.

Stocks: Bellway upped its growth rate to 7% for 2012/2013, compared with a 5% rate the previous year.

The day ahead: In Europe, UK consumer inflation expectations and trade balance are due out at 9.30am, followed by German industrial production at 11am. In the US, non-farm payrolls and unemployment will be announced at 1.30pm (all London times).

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