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Markets

UK markets
UK markets % change Value
Change
-0.03%
7300.23
-1.87
+0.41%
20458.27
+83.88
Europe markets
Europe markets % change Value
Change
+0.41%
543.06
+2.21
+0.28%
5363.79
+14.92
+0.51%
12157.67
+61.26
+0.37%
3358.46
+12.35
+0.46%
9447.50
+42.90
US markets
US markets % change Value
Change
+0.71%
26246.96
+184.84
+0.76%
7956.11
+60.32
+0.54%
2904.31
+15.51
Asia markets
Asia markets % change Value
Change
-0.78%
37290.67
-294.84
+0.56%
27084.66
+151.81
+1.41%
23420.54
+325.87
As of 22:16 18 Sep 2018

Currencies

GBP
% change One £ buys
Change
GBP against Euro
+0.03%
€1.1267
0.0000
GBP against Yen
+0.36%
¥147.7250
+0.5300
GBP against USD
-0.02%
$1.3156
0.0000
USD
% change One $ buys
Change
USD against Euro
+0.12%
€0.8569
+0.0010
USD against GBP
+0.09%
£0.7605
+0.0010
USD against Yen
+0.46%
¥112.3550
+0.5100
Euro
% change One € buys
Change
Euro against GBP
-0.02%
£0.8876
0.0000
Euro against Yen
+0.33%
¥131.1150
+0.4300
Euro against USD
-0.08%
$1.1674
-0.0010
Yen
% change One ¥ buys
Change
Yen against Euro
-0.33%
€0.0080
0.0000
Yen against GBP
-0.36%
£0.0070
0.0000
Yen against USD
-0.45%
$0.0090
0.0000
As of 22:16 18 Sep 2018

Commodities

Oil
Commodity % change dollars per barrel
Change
Brent Crude Oil Futures
+1.26%
79.03
+0.98
WTI Crude Oil Futures
+1.36%
69.85
+0.94
Gold
Commodity % change dollars per ounce
Change
Gold (Forex Index am fix)
0.00%
1196.80
0.00
Gold (Forex Index pm fix)
-0.00%
1201.90
-0.05
Natural Gas
Commodity % change dollars per million BTU
Change
Natural Gas (Henry Hub Futures)
+4.03%
2.93
+0.11
As of 22:15 18 Sep 2018

While most of Asia's markets rose on Thursday, Japanese shares bucked the trend after the Federal Reserve's comments sent the dollar tumbling against the yen.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 closed down 0.4% to 19,476.56 after hitting a 15-year intraday high of 19,557.17.

The dollar weakened after the Fed indicated that rates would rise more slowly over the next two years than it had forecast in December.

The dollar fell as low as 119.29 yen.

That marked its lowest since 27 February. But, the dollar recovered some ground to rise to 120.54 yen on the day.

A stronger yen is negative for Japanese exporters as it makes them less competitive overseas and erodes their profits when repatriated.

Shares of Nintendo, which rose over 21% on Wednesday after news of its plan to move into smartphone games, continued to rally, up nearly 12%.

Over in Mainland China, the Shanghai Composite closed 0.14% higher at 3,582.27 after rallying to hit its highest since May 2008 on Wednesday.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index ended 1.45% up at 24,468.89.

Australian shares led the region's gains with the S&P/ASX 200 index closing up 1.9% to 5,950.8.

The benchmark posted its biggest percentage gain in five weeks and its highest close in two weeks.

Shares of gold miner Newcrest Mining surged 6.5% after gold prices rose to their highest level in nearly two weeks on the Fed's outlook.

In South Korea, the benchmark Kospi index closed up 0.5% to 2,037.89.

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