This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down 15 points at 6760.
FX and commodities: GBP/USD is down 21 pips at $1.6018,,EUR/USD is 39 pips weaker at $1.3696 and USD/JPY is 10 pips lower at ¥98.32. Brent crude is down 36 cents at $109.52 and gold $6.15 lower at $1336,.
Latest news: Even though the US Federal Reserve kept its $85 billion monthly stimulus package in place, the accompanying comments were no more downbeat than in September, which considering the recent poor US economic data was perhaps slightly surprising.
Stocks: Astrazeneca continues to struggle, recording lower sales and profit. Croda International has seen a mild uptick in Q3 sales, and BT Group continues to see a steady stream of consumers subscribe to its sports package, with the total now standing at two million.
The day ahead: The Nationwide monthly house price index has once again risen by 1%. At 10am the latest EU unemployment rate is released, followed by US unemployment claims this afternoon.
All figures correct at 8.15am. All times London time.