Last week was another mixed affair for the world’s major markets with the Dax, Cac and Nikkei retreating.
In Europe over the course of the week, the FTSE was up on last week’s close by 1.3% at 7490.6; the Dax ended at 13104, 0.38% down on last week’s close; the CAC was down by 0.92% to end the session at 5349.3.
The Dow ended the week up by 1.3% to close at 24652. The Nasdaq composite index was up by 1.4% over the course of the week at 6936.6.
The Nikkei 225 ended the week’s trading down by 1.1% to end the session at 22553.
Currency markets review
On the currency markets last week, the Yen enjoyed the best of the trading. The Dollar was stronger against Sterling last week closing at $1.3314 to the Pound, a rise of 0.4% on the week. The Greenback weakened against the Euro last week by 0.14% to close at $1.1778 to the Euro. The Dollar weakened against the Japanese currency closing at 112.7 Yen to the Dollar, making a loss of 0.77% during the week.
The Euro was weaker against the Yen ending at 132.7, a loss of 0.64% over the course of the week. It made ground against Sterling last week, rising by 0.53%, the close saw one £ buying €1.1304.
The Euro now buys 1.1666 CHF, a loss of 0.09% on the week.
Commodities market review
On the commodities market, the price for Brent crude ended at $63.2 per barrel, a fall of 0.27% over the course of the week’s trading. The value of gold rose last week closing at $1255.8 per ounce, a gain of 0.79%.