DJIA edged down 0.2% to close at 12,393.5. NASDAQ slid 0.4% to settle at 2,827.3. S&P 500 ticked down 0.2% to end at 1,310.3.
FTSE 100 advanced 0.4% to close at 5,320.9, while FTSE 250 gained 0.6% to settle at 10,558.2.
In Asia, crude oil for July delivery is trading 0.2% or $0.20 lower at $86.33 per barrel. Yesterday, crude oil for July delivery fell 1.5% or $1.29 to $86.53 per barrel, after the Energy Information Administration reported a 2.2 million barrel rise in US crude oil inventories for the week ended 25 May and as a survey showed that oil output by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries rose in May to the highest level since 2008.Crude oil also lost value amid concerns about demand prospects, following mostly disappointing data from the US, Europe and Asia.
Gold for immediate delivery is trading 0.4% lower today, at $1,555.23 per ounce. Gold for August delivery dropped 0.1% or $1.50 to end at $1,564.20 per ounce yesterday, as a slew of downbeat economic data in the US fuelled a sell-off in the global equity markets, as investors favoured holding cash instead of precious metals futures.
At 0400 BST today, the GBP is trading 0.1% lower against the USD at $1.5378, marginally lower against the EUR at €1.2450, 0.3% lower against the JPY at ¥120.62.
The EUR is trading lower against the USD, after leaders of Italy and the European Central Bank pushed Germany to give up its opposition to direct eurozone aid for struggling banks to stabilize the region’s economies. The European Central Bank stepped up pressure yesterday for a joint guarantee on bank deposits across the euro zone