Friday morning snapshot

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

Last night in the US: The Dow Jones closed up 66 points at 14,963, the NASDAQ finished up 38 points at 3638 and the S&P 500 closed up 14 points at 1656.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down 22 points at 6424.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is up 11 pips at $1.5601, EUR/USD is down 13 pips at $1.3344 and USD/JPY is up 19 pips at ¥98.91. Olie - Brent Crude is down 22 cents at $104.79 and gold is trading at $1375, down $1.

Stocks: The oil and gas exploration mid-cap constituent Afren has announced a 16% decline in half-yearly profit.

The day ahead: UK GDP and mortgage approvals are released at 9.30am. In the US, consumer confidence and new home sales will be announced at 3pm. (All London times.)

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