Source - SMW
London equities are seen mildly upbeat in deals, following on from a softer Wall St and firmer Asia in a session with plenty of economic news afoot.

Through the morning, eurozone consumer price inflation data is due, along with various unemployment data for the economic bloc.


On Wall St overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.26% to 18,454.3, the S&P 500 lost 0.2% to 2176.12 and the Nasdaq Composite shed 0.18% to 5222.99.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had risen 0.93% to 16,880.96, while the Hang Seng firmed 0.04% to 23,025.3.

At 6.15am, WTI crude was up 0.04% to $46.37/bbl and Brent was up 0.1% to $48.42. Gold was up 0.15% to $1318.5/oz as concerns about the global economy's health increased.


Interim results are due from 888, Arrow Global, BBGI, Brave Bison, Biome Technologies, Churchill China, Chesnara, Cathay International, Exova, Fisher (James) & Sons, Grafton, Gulf Marine Services, The Gym, HSS Hire, Irish Continental, PPHE Hotel and Surgical Innovations.

Trading statements are expected from Diploma and Punch Taverns. Shareholder meetings are due to be held by Bahamas Petroleum, Iona Environmental VCT, Maven Income & Growth VCT and Puma VCT 8.