Tuesday 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 seven points at 15,392, the NASDAQ finished up five points at 3920 and the S&P 500 ended the day unchanged at 1744.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently up ten points at 6664.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is down 19 pips at $1.6128, EUR/USD is down eight pips at $1.3672 and USD/JPY is up 14 pips at ¥98.33. Brent crude is up 30 cents at $109.98 and gold  is trading at $1315, down $1.

Stocks: BHP Billiton reported an 11% increase in quarterly production, Whitbread reported a 12.6% rise in first-half profit and Reckitt Benckiser reported a 5% rise in third-quarter revenue.

The day ahead: UK public sector borrowing is due at 9.30am. In the US, non-farm payrolls and unemployment are released at 1.30pm, followed by construction spending and the Richmond manufacturing index at 3pm.

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

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