Thursday 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 58 points at 15,133, the NASDAQ finished down three points at 3815 and the S&P 500 ended the day down one point at 1693.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down 22 points at 6424.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is up five pips at $1.6227, EUR/USD is up 23 pips at $1.3601 and USD/JPY is up 37 pips at ¥97.72. Brent crude is down 37 cents at $108.79 and gold is trading at $1310, down $5.53.

Latest news: Traders should find European markets a little quieter today following the successful vote of confidence for Italy’s prime minister Enrico Letta, coupled with Germany having a bank holiday today. The focus though remains on the unravelling disagreements in the US over its government shutdown and what this might indicate for the impending debt ceiling talks.

Stocks: Q3 figures are released for Carillion, traffic figures from easyJet  and first-half earnings from Ted Baker.

The day ahead: Germany and China have bank holidays today. Service PMI figures are due out for Italy, Spain and the EU, along with EU monthly retail sales.

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

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