The benchmark FTSE 100 index is expected to fall by around 8 points when trading gets underway in London, as Brexit talks between the UK and the European Union resume, while the political turmoil in Westminster continues. Markets in Asia were mixed this morning and Wall Street ended slightly higher overnight. OVERSEAS MARKETS In the US, the Dow closed 0.03% higher at 23,563.36, the S&P added 0.14% to reach 2,594.38 and the Nasdaq finished 0.32% stronger at 6,789.12, as president Donald Trump continued with his travels around Asia. The Nikkei 225 was down 1.06% at 22,671 but the Hang Seng was 0.45% higher at 29,036.28. COMMODITIES At around 6.05am, WTI crude was 0.04% lower at $56.79 per barrel and Brent was also weaker at $63.45 per barrel. Gold was 0.06% higher at $1,284.5 an ounce but silver was down 0.22% and copper by 0.68%. LONDON MARKETS Final results are due from Gattaca and interims are expected from Aldermore, Arrow Global, Auto Trader, AstraZeneca, Beazley, Burberry, Coca-Cola HBC, Dairy Crest, FlyBe, Grupo Clarin, Halfords, Inmarsat, National Grid, Prime People, Renewi, Sainsbury's, SSE and Wincanton. In addition, trading statements are to be released by Derwent London, Hikma, IMI, Informa, Lookers, SuperGroup and Spirent. Eagle Eye Solutions, JD Wetherspoon, Primorus Investments, Redrow, Swallowfield and Urals Energy are to host shareholder meetings. In economic news, data regarding the house price balance, monthly construction output, industrial and manufacturing production, along with the latest goods trade balance is due today later this morning.
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