Edward Dewhirst of City Index (http://www.cityindex.co.uk/) presents the award-winning spread betting provider's daily summary of news from the trading floor, including news of:
- European markets have started October in the same manner as they ended September.
- After the FTSE finished down 68 points at 5128 on Friday, we have seen a further sell off in equities, with the FTSE currently down 110 points at 5018 after briefly slipping below the psychological level of 5000 in early trading.
- With equities struggling, traders are again looking towards gold as a safe haven, pushing the metal up $32.
- This is positive for Rangold Resources who are currently the only positive company in the FTSE, up 0.5%.
- Banks are dragging the markets down this morning, with Barclays down 5% while RBS is down 4% and Lloyds is down 3.5%.
- We also have Burberry down 6%, the biggest faller, back to levels last seen in April. This is despite a positive broker recommendation by Goldman Sachs, which raised its price target on the luxury retailer to Â£22 - almost double their current share price.
- On the macro front we have manufacturing figures coming out today, with UK figures due at 9.30am while U manufacturing data will be released at 3pm (London time).
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