Source - SMW
London's blue-chips are expected make a downbeat start to the week, with the FTSE 100 called around 14 points lower, following a mixed performance on markets in Asia this morning and with ongoing geopolitical and Brexit concerns continuing to weigh on sentiment.


In the US on Friday, the Dow closed 0.10% higher at 23,539.19, the S&P 500 added 0.31% to end the week at 2,587.84 and the Nasdaq finished 0.74% stronger at 6,764.44.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 was up 0.04% at 22,548.35, while the Hang Seng was 0.20% lower at 28,545.69.


At around 6.10am, WTI crude was 0.32% higher at $55.82 per barrel and Brent was up 0.47% at $62.36 per barrel.

Gold was up 0.10% at $1,270.50 an ounce, silver was 0.18% firmer and copper by 0.75%.


Interim results are due from Grafenia and Kosmos Energy, while Genesis Emerging Markets, Murray Income Trust and Mid Wynd International Investment Trust are to host shareholder meetings.

In economic news, releases regarding retail sales, HPI and GDP are to be scheduled for today.