Monday 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 85 points at 15,961, the NASDAQ finished up 13 points at 3985 and the S&P 500 ended the day up seven points at 1798.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down eight points at 6685.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is up 11 pips at $1.6127, EUR/USD is down one pip at $1.3496 and USD/JPY is down 17 pips at ¥99.99. Brent crude is down 67 cents at $107.88 and gold is trading at $1286, down $3.

Stocks: Lloyds Banking Group has sold Scottish Widows to Aberdeen Asset Management for £660 million. In the run up to Christmas, as its TV advert started playing, John Lewis has seen an 11.7% jump in sales. It is yet to be confirmed, but it looks increasingly likely that ITV will gain the balance of Champions League football as the UK’s terrestrial broadcaster. The popularity of IPOs has seen Saga edge towards a float that could enable the travel company to raise up to £3 billion.

The day ahead: It is a relatively quiet day on the economic calendar today, with the EU current account and trade balance figures hogging the limelight.

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

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