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This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down 26 points at 6760.
FX and commodities: GBP/USD is down 30 pips at $1.6954, EUR/USD is up eight pips at $1.3614 and USD/JPY is down seven pips at ¥101.89. Brent crude is down 67 cents at $113.72 and gold is trading at $1314, down $4.50.
Stocks: Land Securities has acquired a 30% stake in Kents shopping mecca Bluewater for £656 million. Because of unexpected cost cutting returns, Aberdeen Asset Management expects to be able to increase its dividend. While in the middle of a possible takeover battle, Shire has strengthened its hand with news that US regulators have approved its patent for its Vyvanse drug.
The day ahead: UK monthly CBI retail sales figures are released this morning ahead of this afternoon's US Core dureable goods orders and final GDP figures.
All figures correct at 8.15am. All times London time.