London stocks is set to open after gains on Wall St overnight, but a lower Asia. Traders are looking to UK retail figures, chased by industrial and manufacturing production data, and then Halifax's house price index.
UK's Brexit-ravaged sterling has enjoyed some cheer after a string of data in recent weeks has pleased in the aftermath of the country's non-binding referendum in June to quit the European Union.
US & ASIA
On Wall St overnight on Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.25% to 18,538.12, the S&P 500 firmed 0.3% to 2186.48 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.5% to 5275.91.
In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had fallen 0.65% to 16,970.7, while the Hang Seng firmed 0.28% to 23,720.38.
At 6.03am, WTI crude was up 0.19% to $45.02/bbl and Brent was up 0.49% to $47.49. Gold was up 0.16% to $1356.2/oz.
Interim results are due from Ashtead, Centralnic, Gail (India), Hydrogen, Puretech Health and Zegona Communications. Final results are due from Barratt Developments, Hargreaves Lansdown, Joules and McBride.
Shareholder meetings are being held by CMC Markets, Consort Medical, Poundland, Physiomics, Sports Direct International, Trakm8 Holdings and Zoltav Resources.