FTSE to edge higher despite weaker US, Asian markets
Source - SMW
The FTSE 100 looks set to start today's session in positive territory, with ongoing issues in Catalonia, Brexit uncertainty over a potential 'no deal' scenario and Bank of England comments likely to stifle any significant upward move.
Investors will also be keeping a watchful eye over interim results from Barclays and BP, along with consumer confidence data.
The UK gambling industry is also in the spotlight ahead of today's report on fixed odd betting terminals.
In the US overnight, the Dow closed 0.36% lower at 23,348.74, the S&P 500 fell 0.32% to end at 2,572.83 and the Nasdaq finished 0.03% weaker at 6,698.96.
In Asia this morning, markets were also lower. The Nikkei 225 was down 0.02% at 22,006.72 and the Hang Seng was 0.15% lower at 28,293.6.
At around 6.15am, WTI was 0.17% lower at $54.06 per barrel and Brent was down 0.2% at $60.78 per barrel.
Gold was 0.03% softer at $1,277.3 an ounce, while silver was 0.08% higher and copper was up 0.24%.
Final results are due from Egdon Resources, Earthport and GETECH, while interim results are expected from Barclays, BP, Cohort, Great Eastern Energy and Ryanair.
In addition, trading statements are to be released by Croda, Just Eat, Plus500, DS Smith, Weir and WPP.
Meanwhile, shareholder meetings are to be held by Angle, Altona Energy, JPMorgan Mid Cap IT, Kodal Minerals, MaxCyte and Terra Catalyst Fund.
In economic news, consumer confidence figures are due today.