Source - SMW
Traders in the US appeared to lack their recent sense of enthusiasm when markets opened today, with the latest durable goods orders report and HPI numbers doing little to tickle their fancy.

Shortly after the open, the Dow was down 0.05% at 23,430.29, the S&P 500 was 0.15% lower at 2,565.27 and Nasdaq was almost unchanged at 6,596.89.

European markets were mixed during the afternoon session, with the FTSE 100 and Dax both lower as the CAC 40 was nudging higher.

Asian markets closed the day with the Nikkei down 0.45% and the Hang Seng adding 0.53%.

COMMODITIES

WTI crude was 0.42% lower at $52.25 a barrel and Brent was up 0.07% at $58.37 per barrel.

Gold was down 0.09% at $1,277.2 an ounce but silver was a pinch higher.

ECONOMIC NEWS

US house prices rose 0.7% in August, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) monthly House Price Index (HPI).

New orders for US manufactured durable goods in September increased $5.1bn or 2.2% to $238.7bn, the US Census Bureau said today, with core durables up 0.7%.

In addition, new home sales data is due later today.