UK markets seen lower with retailers back in focus
Source - SMW
The FTSE 100 is expected to drift around 11 points lower this morning, ahead of results from retailers Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury's, while US and Asian markets offered limited positive support overnight.
In the US overnight, the Dow closed 0.04% higher at 23,557.23, while the S&P fell 0.02% to end the session at 2,590.64 and the Nasdaq finished 0.27% weaker at 6,767.78.
In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 was down 0.19% at 22,894.21 and the Hang Seng was 0.14% lower at 28,954.57.
At around 6.05am, WTI crude was 0.42% lower at $56.96 per barrel and Brent was also weaker at $63.50 per barrel.
Gold was 0.24% higher at $1,278.90 an ounce and silver was up 0.47%, while copper was 0.21% lower.
Final results are due from BowLeven and Tracsis.
Interims are expected from BGEO, Georgia Healthcare, JZ Capital Partners, Marks & Spencer, Onesavings Bank, Sainsbury's, Sophos, Schroder Real Estate IT, SSE, Wizz Air and Workspace.
Trading statements are to be released by esure, Hilton Food Group, JD Wetherspoon, Novae, Persimmon and Tullow Oil.
Meanwhile, BGEO, Craneware, Haynes Publishing, InnovaDerma, Macau Property Opportunities Fund, Picton Property Income, Pathfinder Minerals, Ricardo and Symphony Environmental Technologies are to host shareholder meetings.