Source - SMW
London equities are due to open after a week of volatility, but may on Friday get some respite due the largely empty corporate and economic diaries.

Investors would be looking to the Bank of England quarterly bulletin at midday, along with euro zone inflation data at 10.00am.


On Wall St overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.07% to 21,359.9, the S&P 500 eased 0.22% to 2432.46 and the Nasdaq Composite shed 0.47% to 6165.5.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had risen 0.64% to 19,958.21, while the Hang Seng rose 0.37% to 25,659.27.

At 6.46am, WTI crude was up 0.07% to $44.49/bbl and Brent was up 0.11% to $46.97/bbl. Gold was down 0.01% to $1254.5/oz, with silver and copper making minor gains.


A trading statement is due from Tesco, with final results expected from Record. Shareholder meetings are to be held by Ergomed, Gulf Keystone Petroleum, Sagicor Financial and Shin Kong Financial.