Source - SMW
London stocks will open to an overall quiet session on the corporate news front, with traders focused on the European Central Bank's interest rate and quantitative just before 1pm.

A string of ex-dividend stocks may also cast a shadow over proceedings today, too.


On Wall St last night, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.06% to 18,526.14, the S&P 500 shed 0.01% to 2186.16 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.15% to 5283.93.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had fallen 0.93% to 16,854.08, while the Hang Seng rose 0.29% to 23,811.03.

At 6.05am, WTI crude was up 1.56% to $46.21/bbl and Brent was ahead 1.35% to $48.36/bbl. Gold was up 0.1% to $1350.6/oz.


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