Source - SMW
The FTSE 100 is expected to begin the day around 15 points higher, continuing yesterday's rally, despite the current political turmoil in the UK and Europe, Brexit uncertainty and a mixed performance in the US overnight.


In the US, the Dow closed 0.35% higher at 23,516.26, the S&P 500 added 0.02% to end the session at 2,579.85, while the Nasdaq finished 0.02% weaker at 6,714.94.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 was up 0.53% at 22,539.12 and the Hang Seng was 0.29% higher at 28,601.83.


At around 6.05am, WTI was 0.42% higher at $54.77 per barrel and Brent was up 0.26% at $60.78 per barrel.

Gold was down 0.05% at $1,277.5 an ounce, silver was 0.04% lower and copper was down 0.02%.


On a fairly low-key day for corporate releases, trading statements are due from Informa and Smith & Nephew, while Frontera Resources is to hold a shareholder meeting.

In economic news, services PMI data is expected later this morning.