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Share Prices

Markets

UK markets
UK markets % change Value
Change
-0.03%
7609.52
-2.12
+0.26%
20562.39
+52.63
Europe markets
Europe markets % change Value
Change
+0.02%
561.57
+0.09
+0.09%
5408.31
+4.90
+0.28%
12393.78
+34.91
+0.20%
3416.42
+6.98
-0.03%
9504.30
-2.70
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
-1.72%
27276.16
-476.77
-0.68%
22204.22
-151.86
As of 08:08 15 Aug 2018

Currencies

GBP
% change One £ buys
Change
GBP against Euro
+0.09%
€1.1221
+0.0010
GBP against Yen
+0.16%
¥141.5750
+0.2200
GBP against USD
-0.03%
$1.2716
0.0000
USD
% change One $ buys
Change
USD against Euro
+0.09%
€0.8824
+0.0010
USD against GBP
0.00%
£0.7863
0.0000
USD against Yen
+0.17%
¥111.3350
+0.1850
Euro
% change One € buys
Change
Euro against GBP
-0.09%
£0.8911
-0.0010
Euro against Yen
+0.06%
¥126.1550
+0.0800
Euro against USD
-0.10%
$1.1333
-0.0010
Yen
% change One ¥ buys
Change
Yen against Euro
-0.06%
€0.0080
0.0000
Yen against GBP
-0.16%
£0.0070
0.0000
Yen against USD
-0.17%
$0.0090
0.0000
As of 08:08 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
-0.78%
66.52
-0.52
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)
-0.37%
2.95
-0.01
As of 08:09 15 Aug 2018

Asian shares traded higher on Wednesday, taking the lead from Wall Street where shares closed at a record level overnight.

The Dow Jones finished over 18,000 for the first time after data showed the US economy grew at its fastest pace in 11 years in the third quarter.

The economy grew at an annual rate of 5% in the quarter, up from a previous estimate of 3.9%.

The momentum helped Japan's Nikkei gain 1.2% to 17,854.23 points.

That closing level was its highest in two and half weeks after the benchmark index was closed for a public holiday on Tuesday.

Sony's shares were up 4% after its Hollywood studio said it would screen comedy The Interview in some US cinemas on Christmas Day, having initially cancelled the release.

The Japanese markets are open for trading on Christmas Day.

Light trading

In China, shares fell back, with the Shanghai Composite ending the day 1.9% lower at 2,973.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng finished up 0.1% to 23,349.34 in a half-day trading session.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 index ended up 0.3% to 5394.5 in light trading, closing up early at midday for the Christmas holiday.

In South Korea, the benchmark Kospi index closed 0.4% higher at 1,946.61.

Shares of Hyundai Motor jumped as much as 4% on hopes that the automaker would raise its dividend payouts.

The Hong Kong, Australian and South Korean markets will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Thursday.

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