London stocks are seen edging lower early on, following on from yesterday's malaise and overnight falls on Wall St, with ex-dividend issues adding to the ballast.
Traders are looking to a raft of UK, EU and US manufacturing data due through the course of the day, with many already looking ahead to Friday's non-farm payrolls data.
US & ASIA
On Wall St overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 0.29% to 18,400.88, the S&P 500 lost 0.24% to 2170.95 and the Nasdaq Composite eased 0.19% to 5213.22.
In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had gained 0.13% to 16,909.09, while the Hang Seng firmed 0.51% to 23,094.52.
At 6.04am, WTI crude was up 0.67% to $45.0/bbl and Brent was ahead 0.62% to $47.18. Gold was up 0.07% to $1312.3/oz.
In an overall quiet session final results are expected from Alumasc and Hays, with interim numbers due from Stilo International.