London equities spend day in red

The FTSE 100 is down 20 points, as it looks to end the week on a negative note.

UK markets

London equities have spent most of the day in the red as profit taking has set in. The FTSE is just shy of its one-month closing high as traders find themselves under less pressure now the Syrian situation has cooled down. An immediate strike on Syria appears to be off the table since President Assad has agreed to hand over chemical weapons, and this has brought stability to the markets. 

Aer Lingus has had a bumpy ride after the Irish airline issued a profit warning. The announcement comes nearly two weeks after Ryanair lowered their full-year profit forecasts. 

US markets

Across the pond the Dow is up 35 points at 15,335, as weaker-than-expected retail sales figures and consumer confidence figures have left traders in two minds about whether to expect tapering by the US Federal Reserve. The dud jobless claims report from yesterday has clouded traders' judgement as to what the Fed is going to do at next week’s meeting. The longer Ben Bernanke avoids tapering, the more the market will demand it.  

Social media company Twitter has announced its plans to go public. IG is offering a grey market as to what the market capitalisation is going to be, and our price indicates a market cap of $13 billion.

Commodities

Energy prices are also softer as the Syrian situation proves not as serious as it once was, and traders are locking in their profits from the recent rally. Copper has taken a leg down after traders had little reason to remain long after China’s strong number at the start of the week.

FX

Sterling is near a seven-month high versus the US dollar, as sold construction figures from the UK have led traders to believe Mark Carney will be tightening his policy earlier than originally thought. 

The Australian dollar has lost some it its gains but is still well above the $0.92 mark.

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