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 24 points at 15,889, the NASDAQ finished flat at 4038 and the S&P 500 ended the day down two points at 1792.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down two points at 6508.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is up three pips at $1.6385, EUR/USD is up 20 pips at $1.3613 and USD/JPY is down 43 pips at ¥101.89. Brent crude is up 14 cents at $97.30 and gold is trading at $1234, down $9.20.

Stocks: Fast-moving consumer goods provider Unilever is holding an investor seminar this morning ahead of its figures which will be reported next month.

The day ahead: Today is all about macro-economic issues, and George Osborne will be producing his autumn forecast statement. At midday we are also due to hear the official Bank of England interest-rate decision and any update on the government’s asset-purchasing scheme. Later in the afternoon we will have US unemployment claims and preliminary GDP figures, followed by monthly factory orders.

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

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