FTSE flirts with 6600

In London, the equity benchmark touched the 6600 mark as the prospect of war breaking out appears less likely.

Traders have welcomed Russia’s suggestion that Syria put their chemical weapons under the control of international forces. Investors don’t like the uncertainly that comes with a potential war in the Middle East, and are therefore happier to buy into the market when they feel a military invasion is not imminent. US president Barack Obama has stated he will not invade Syria while the Assad regime considers its next move.

The mining sector is up 2% after China posted a raft of positive economic data last night. Beijing reported that fixed-asset investment, industrial production and retail sales all ticked up on the month and exceeded estimates.

Airline stocks are flying high now that the price of oil has lowered following cooling political tension in Syria. The price of oil was driven higher over the past few weeks as dealers felt supply lines would be under pressure.

In the US we are expecting the Dow to open 65 points higher at 15,128, as the easing of political tensions boosts index futures.

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