The pound has fallen by up to a cent against the US dollar after financial markets gave their first reaction to Saturday’s events in parliament that saw MPs demand a further Brexit delay.
The decision, by the government, to pull a vote on the prime minister Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement in the wake of the amendment saw sterling give up some of its gains of the past week
Canadians will be going to the polls on Monday to decide whether to give Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party a second term.
The parties have been making their pitches to voters over the past five weeks – and have not shied away from attacks on opponents.
Now it’s time for the voters to get to work and cast their ballots.
Australia’s major newspapers have published redacted front pages in a coordinated campaign to highlight government secrecy.
Rival media businesses first teamed up in June after police raided the home of a News Corporation journalist, and the headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, in search of leaked government documents that had formed the basis of news reports that were embarrassing to the government.
Violence has erupted on the streets of Barcelona for the sixth consecutive night, after the city’s mayor pleaded for calm over the protests.
Protesters in the city have clashed with police every night since Monday – angry with the decision to jail pro-independence leaders for their role in Catalonia’s failed attempt to secede from Spain two years ago.
On Saturday, Mayor Ada Colau said that Friday’s violence had been the worst so far, and called on protesters to calm down, saying: “This cannot continue. Barcelona does not deserve it.”
Weekly Market Perfomace
- Futures on the S&P 500 fell 0.2% as of 7.10 am in London
- The underlying gauge rose 0.3% on Thursday
- Japan’s Topix slid 0.1%.
- Hang Seng fell 0.5%.
- Shanghai Composite fell 1.2%
- Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index dipped 0.5%
- Euro Stoxx 50 futures slid 0.6%
- The Yen was at 108.57 per Dollar, little changed
- The offshore Yuan was flat at 7.0833 per Dollar
- The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed after hitting the lowest level since July on Thursday
- The Pound was at $1.2856, down 0.3%
- S&P 500 up 0.3%
- Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.1%
- Nasdaq Composite gained 0.4%
- Russell 2000 gained 1.1%
- 10 of 11 main S&P 500 sectors closed higher
- Health care up 0.8%
- Info tech down 0.2%
- 10-year Treasury yield at 1.76%
- Bloomberg Dollar Spot down 0.36%