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Markets

UK markets
UK markets % change Value
Change
-1.15%
7524.48
-87.16
-0.61%
20385.53
-124.23
Europe markets
Europe markets % change Value
Change
-0.99%
555.91
-5.57
-1.21%
5338.10
-65.31
-1.11%
12222.03
-136.84
-1.10%
3371.84
-37.60
-1.47%
9367.50
-139.50
US markets
US markets % change Value
Change
+0.45%
25299.92
+112.22
+0.65%
7870.89
+51.19
+0.64%
2839.96
+18.03
Asia markets
Asia markets % change Value
Change
+0.55%
37852.00
+207.10
-1.55%
27323.59
-429.34
-0.68%
22204.22
-151.86
As of 11:58 15 Aug 2018

Currencies

GBP
% change One £ buys
Change
GBP against Euro
+0.08%
€1.1220
+0.0010
GBP against Yen
-0.28%
¥140.9650
-0.3900
GBP against USD
-0.20%
$1.2695
-0.0030
USD
% change One $ buys
Change
USD against Euro
+0.22%
€0.8835
+0.0020
USD against GBP
+0.14%
£0.7874
+0.0010
USD against Yen
-0.12%
¥111.0150
-0.1350
Euro
% change One € buys
Change
Euro against GBP
-0.08%
£0.8912
-0.0010
Euro against Yen
-0.35%
¥125.6350
-0.4400
Euro against USD
-0.24%
$1.1317
-0.0030
Yen
% change One ¥ buys
Change
Yen against Euro
+0.35%
€0.0080
0.0000
Yen against GBP
+0.28%
£0.0070
0.0000
Yen against USD
+0.12%
$0.0090
0.0000
As of 11:58 15 Aug 2018

Commodities

Oil
Commodity % change dollars per barrel
Change
Brent Crude Oil Futures
-0.66%
71.98
-0.48
WTI Crude Oil Futures
-0.91%
66.43
-0.61
Gold
Commodity % change dollars per ounce
Change
Gold (Forex Index am fix)
-0.76%
1195.30
-9.10
Gold (Forex Index pm fix)
-0.28%
1197.00
-3.35
Natural Gas
Commodity % change dollars per million BTU
Change
Natural Gas (Henry Hub Futures)
-0.88%
2.93
-0.03
As of 11:55 15 Aug 2018

Asian markets experienced mixed fortunes after two contrasting pieces of economic data emerged from China.

China's industrial output grew by a less-than-expected 7.2% in November from a year ago, but retail sales rose 11.7%, beating forecasts.

Fixed-asset investment, an important economic driver, grew 15.8% in the first 11 months of the year, in line with expectations.

The data seemed to have little impact on Chinese shares which traded flat.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index closed 0.3% lower at 23,249.20 points, while on the mainland, the Shanghai Composite rose 0.4% to 2,938.17.

Eye on elections

In Japan, the benchmark Nikkei 225 closed up 0.7% at 17,371.58 after losing nearly 4% in the previous three days.

The dollar was at 119.55 yen in afternoon trade compared with 118.65 yen in the New York session.

Investors are also keeping a close eye on elections this weekend as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks a mandate to delay another increase to the country's sales tax.

Shares of Canon surged as much as 4.1%, to their highest since May 2013, after an upward revision to its year-end dividend forecast. It closed up 3.9%.

Australia's market fell with shares in mining companies being hit after iron ore prices fell to their lowest level in more than five years.

Benchmark 62% grade iron ore for immediate delivery to China's Tianjin port fell to $68.80 a tonne on Thursday, just a touch off a five-and-a-half year low of $68 reached in November.

The S&P/ASX 200 closed down 0.2% at 5,219.60 - marking its fourth consecutive session of declines.

It was the market's worst weekly performance in three weeks, falling 2.2%.

In South Korea, the benchmark Kospi index ended up 0.3% at 1,921.71.

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