Tuesday morning snapshot

A snapshot of the early morning’s equity news and key markets movements.

Last night in the US: The Dow closed down 36 points at 15,521, the NASDAQ finished down 14 points at 3599 and the S&P 500 closed up six points at 1690.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently up 20 points at 6580.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is up seven pips at $1.5345, EUR/USD is up eight pips at $1.3268 and USD/JPY is up 53 pips at Y98.22. Brent Crude is down 57 cents at $104.02 and gold is trading at $1321, down $6.

Stocks: ITV announced a 16% rise in first half pre-tax profits. Barclays reported a 17% drop in first half pre-tax profits.

The day ahead: In Europe, eurozone business confidence is due out at 10am.

In the US, Case Schiller HPI is due out at 2pm, followed by consumer confidence at 3pm.

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