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 down 73 points at 15,545, the NASDAQ finished down ten points at 3919 and the S&P 500 ended the day down six points at 1756.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down one point at 6730.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is down 53 pips at $1.5990, EUR/USD is down 61 pips at $1.3527 and USD/JPY is down 19 pips at ¥98.19. Brent crude is up 38 cents at $109.19 and gold is trading at $1322, down $1.

Stocks: Third-quarter operating profits were up for Direct Line Insurance Group, which reported a 6.1% increase, but down for Royal Bank of Scotland, which posted a 14% drop.

The day ahead: UK manufacturing is due at 9.30am. In the US, final manufacturing will be released at 1pm. James Bullard of the Federal Reserve is due to speak at 1.10pm, and his statement is followed by ISM manufacturing at 2pm. 

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

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