Monday morning snapshot

A snapshot of the early morning's equity news and key market movements.

Friday night in the US: The Dow Jones closed down 15 points at 14,922, the NASDAQ finished up one point at 3660 and the S&P 500 ended the day flat at 1655.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down three points at 6544.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is up 18 pips at $1.5649, EUR/USD is up two pips at $1.3179 and USD/JPY is up 35 pips at ¥99.44. Brent crude is down 29 cents at $115.83 and gold is trading at $1387, down $4.50

Stocks: A soft start is expected for Morrisons following press speculation that the company is once again set to post disappointing figures. Vodafone looks to be struggling to gain the 75% voter acceptance needed to acquire Kable Deutschland. Having seen the deal to sell off its branches and business to the Co-op collapse, Lloyds Banking Group will be looking to set about relaunching TSB. Associated British Foods has once again benefited from strong sales figures at its Primark arm.

The day ahead: It is a very thin day of economic data from the UK, Europe and the US. However, George Osborne will be talking about the current state of the UK economy throughout the day.

All figures correct at 8.05am. All times London time.

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