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 16 points at 14,840, the NASDAQ finished up 26 points at 3620 and the S&P 500 closed up three points at 1638.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down 33 points at 6450.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is up 21 pips at $1.5524, EUR/USD is down three pips at $1.3239 and USD/JPY is down 42 pips at ¥97.93. Olie - Brent Crude is down five cents at $114.92 and gold is trading at $1397, down $10.

Stocks: Restaurant Group has reported an 11.5% increase in its first-half like-for-like sales.

The day ahead: In Europe, UK net lending and mortgage approvals are out at 9.30am, followed by eurozone unemployment and CPI at 10am. In the US, personal spending and personal income are due at 1.30pm. James Bullard of the Federal Reserve is scheduled to speak at 2pm, before the Chicago PMI and University of Michigan consumer confidence are released at 2.55pm.

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

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