This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down 22 points at 6424.
FX and commodities: GBP/USD is up five pips at $1.6227, EUR/USD is up 23 pips at $1.3601 and USD/JPY is up 37 pips at ¥97.72. Brent crude is down 37 cents at $108.79 and gold is trading at $1310, down $5.53.
Latest news: Traders should find European markets a little quieter today following the successful vote of confidence for Italy’s prime minister Enrico Letta, coupled with Germany having a bank holiday today. The focus though remains on the unravelling disagreements in the US over its government shutdown and what this might indicate for the impending debt ceiling talks.
All figures correct at 8.15am. All times London time.