FTSE is currently up 35 points in this morning’s session, at 6470

<p>With a bullish start in UK trading, the FTSE is currently up 35 points in this morning’s session, at 6470. Following positive data from both […]</p>

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  • With a bullish start in UK trading, the FTSE is currently up 35 points in this morning’s session, at 6470. Following positive data from both the US and news from London’s biggest riser Vodafone, analysts expect a continuation which could see UK markets rally past their 5-year highs, seen in earlier sessions.
  • In further news, policy makers at the ECB stipulated that they have no current plans to increase the base-rate of 0.5%. On the back of this, sterling gained strength trading at $1.5053, while an already strong euro gained .86% to 1.3078.
  • In Europe, the German DAX is trading up around 50 points at 7989, with the CAC 40 trading up around 30 points at 3825.
  • Across the pond, the DOW closed up 34 points at 14329, with the NASDAQ also closing up just shy of 10 points at 3232.With US markets continuing their rally, traders be keeping close, yet optimistic eye on this afternoons non-farm payroll figures.
  • In commodities, traders also remain cautious ahead of the US employment data, with gold swinging between advances and declines — trading at 1579. Brent prices gained 1.3% in yesterday’s trading following positive US jobless claims, with traders also remaining cautious ahead of today’s non-farm figures. Crudes April delivery contracts remain steady at 91.53.
  • So with all eyes on the US, and markets remaining optimistic for positive results, we end todays update.

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