Name Price Chg.% Chg.
Gold 1,236.65 0.28% 3.45
Silver 18.00 0.61% 0.11
Brent Crude 55.71 -2.23% -1.27
Krugerrand 1,232.50 -0.40% -4.90
Palladium 763.00 -1.55% -12.00
Platinum 993.00 -0.80% -8.00

London close: FTSE up as Lloyds, Barratt lead blue chips higher

Shares in London ended Wednesday on a mixed note after confirmation the UK saw better than expected economic growth at the end of 2016, with blue chips benefiting from a softer sterling.

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FX round-up: Sterling, dollar lower as markets anticipate FOMC minutes

Sterling was mostly lower Wednesday as mixed UK economic data reinvigorated Brexit nerves in the market, with investors' attentions now on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes due out at 19:00 GMT.

Centrica, oil & gas, Hummingbird rig

Commodities: Crude falls as concerns of lingering global glut come to the fore

Crude futures pushed lower Wednesday as some in the market took a view that the global supply glut of the black liquid is set to last a lot longer.

Theresa May

Theresa May promises 'relief' for small businesses, stops short of cash pledge

British Prime Minister Theresa May has reassured business affected by rates rises related to property valuations that there will be "appropriate relief" given to those worst hit, but would not promise any cash to aid those struggling.

Oil & gas plant

JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley approached for Saudi Aramco IPO - reports

Saudi Aramco's attempt to bring about the world's largest initial public offering could be assisted by US investment banks JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley, according to reports on Wednesday.