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 104 points at 15,739, the NASDAQ finished down five points at 3998 and the S&P 500 ended the day down six points at 1775.

This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down five points at 6440.

FX and commodities: GBP/USD is down 21 pips at $1.6329, EUR/USD is up nine pips at $1.3763 and USD/JPY is up 19 pips at ¥103.57. Brent crude is down 37 cents at $108.32 and gold is trading at $1225, down $1.

Stocks: Insurer Royal & Sun Alliance has injected £135 million into its Irish division to meet solvency requirements.

The day ahead: Eurozone employment change is due for release at 10am. Spencer Dale of the Bank of England is speaking at 12.30pm. In the US, PPI will be announced at 1.30pm.

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

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