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This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently up five points at 6799.
FX and commodities: GBP/USD is up 25 pips at $1.6708, EUR/USD is down three pips at $1.3759 and USD/JPY is down 27 pips at ¥102.07. Brent crude is down 30 cents at $110.20 and gold is trading at $1317, down $4.75.
Stocks: Vodafone has announced some of the terms for its stock placing today. Tracksuit sales appear to be buoyant, as Sports Direct’s quarterly profit figures are up 14.6% and the company is confident of hitting full-year targets. Standard Chartered is looking to raise between $500-$700 million from the sale of its Hong Kong based consumer finance business.
The day ahead: We will gain further insight into the Bank of England’s thinking this morning, as the voting results for its asset-purchase facilities will be released today, along with the UK unemployment figures. US building permits and monthly PPI will be announced today, followed by the minutes of the last Federal Open Market Committee meeting.
All figures correct at 8.15am. All times London time.