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 up 23 points at 15,639, the NASDAQ finished up 14 points at 3936 and the S&P 500 ended the day up six points at 1767.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down two points at 6761.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is down two pips at $1.5967, EUR/USD is down 23 pips at $1.3489 and USD/JPY is down 36 pips at ¥98.23. Brent crude is down seven cents at $106.20 and gold  is trading at $1312, down $2.

Stocks: Marks & Spencer posted an 8.9% drop in first-half pre-tax profits. G4S reported a 4.8% increase in nine month revenue. 

The day ahead: UK services PMI is due at 9.30am, and eurozone PPI is due out at 10am. In the US, ISM non-manufacturing and IBD economic optimism will be announced at 3pm. 

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

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