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 up 128 points at 15,746, the NASDAQ finished down eight points at 3931 and the S&P 500 ended the day up seven points at 1770.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down 14 points at 6727.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is up eight pips at $1.6089, EUR/USD is up seven pips at $1.3519 and USD/JPY is up eight pips at ¥98.73. Brent crude is down 49 cents at $104.77 and gold is trading at $1375, down $1.

Stocks: The Morrisons supermarket group posted a 2.4% decline in third-quarter like-for-like sales. Insurer Aviva announced a 14% rise in new business in the nine months to September. Telecommunications provider Cable & Wireless announced a 36% drop in six-month pre-tax profits.

The day ahead: German industrial production will be released at 11am. The Bank of England and European Central Bank will announce their interest rate decisions at 12pm and 12.45pm respectively. In the US, jobless claims and the GDP reading are due for release at 1.30pm

All figures correct at 8.30am. All times London time.

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