·         U.S. stocks closed just shy of record levels on Wednesday following the release of the Federal Reserve’s policy minutes from its December meeting and a strong showing in auto sales. U.K. stocks staged a late-session surge and erased earlier losses to finish at a record, supported by a rise in home-builder and bank shares. Asian equities started Thursday’s session largely higher, building on start-of-the-year strength as U.S. stocks continued to gain overnight, though Japan equities retreated slightly after their stout kickoff to 2017.

·         The U.S dollar is currently trading at 1.05 to the Euro; 1.23 to the Pound and will buy 116.34 Japanese Yen or 13.54 South African Rand.

·         Spot gold is currently trading at US$ 1 171.00/oz. and platinum at US$ 962.50/oz. Brent crude oil is currently trading at US$ 56.32 per barrel.

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