Friday 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 68 points at 15,821, the NASDAQ finished down four points at 4033 and the S&P 500 ended the day down seven points at 1785.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently up 17 points at 6515.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is up nine pips at $1.6344, EUR/USD is down 13 pips at $1.3655 and USD/JPY is up 40 pips at ¥102.19. Brent crude is up 32 cents at $111.31 and gold is trading at $1228, up $3.

Stocks: Engineering consultancy and project management firm AMEC has won a contract with Kuwait National Petroleum worth £158 million.

The day ahead: UK consumer inflation expectations are due for release at 9.30am, followed by German factory orders at 11am. In the US, much-anticipated non-farm payrolls, unemployment, personal spending and personal income will be announced at 1.30pm, followed by the University of Michigan consumer sentiment at 2.55pm.

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

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