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 63 points at 16,027, the NASDAQ finished up 39 points at 4240 and the S&P 500 ended the day up ten points at 1829.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down six points at 6653.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is up 33 pips at $1.6692, EUR/USD is up 19 pips at $1.3699 and USD/JPY is down 35 pips at ¥101.81. Brent crude is down 22 cents at $108.22 and gold is trading at $1308, up $6.15.

Stocks: Anglo American has posted full-year figures for 2013. There is speculation in the press that Shell will look to sell three of its North Sea oil exploration sites in the coming year. Vodafone has committed to further spending, as its Indian arm has strengthened its grip on the continent, with the acquisition of spectrum licenses in a number of regions. Severn Trent will be looking to raise its annual dividend by 6%.

The day ahead: Overnight, Chinese inflation figures have crept up a fraction, while the early releases of both French and German quarterly GDP figures are better than expected. EU flash quarterly GDP figures will be released mid-morning, and University of Michigan consumer sentiment will be posted by the afternoon.

All figures correct at 8.15am. All times London time.

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