The FTSE 100 is expected to start the day in negative territory ahead of today's key inflation data and ongoing Brexit concerns, which is in contrast to performances on markets in the US and Asia. Corporate earnings will also be a factor for investors with a number of high profile companies due to update the market today. OVERSEAS MARKETS In the US, the Dow closed 0.07% higher at 23,439.7, the S&P 500 added 0.1% to end at 2,584.84 and the Nasdaq also inched 0.1% higher to reach 6,757.6. In Asia, the Nikkei 225 was recently up 0.22% at 22,429.73 and the Hang Seng was 0.09% higher at 29,209.74. COMMODITIES At around 6.05am, WTI crude was 0.23% lower at $56.63 per barrel and Brent by 0.3% at $62.97. Gold was 0.17% weaker at $1,276.7 an ounce and silver was down 0.25%. Meanwhile, copper was up 0.14%. LONDON MARKETS Final results are due from McCarthy Stone and interims are expected from a raft of companies. These include Renold, AVEVA, BTG, James Cropper, DCC, Electrocomponents, FirstGroup, Intermediate Capital, Jackpotjoy, Land Securities, Picton, Speedy Hire, Romgaz, SRT Marine Systems, Telecom Egypt, Trifast, Vodafone and Wentworth Resources. Trading statements are to be released by BBA Aviation, Bovis Homes, Irish Continental, ITV, Meggitt, Polypipe and UBM. In addition, shareholder meetings are to be held by Global Petroleum, A&J Mucklow, Nanoco, Rainbow Rare Earths and Smiths Group. In economic news, all eyes will be on today's inflation data with HPI, PPI and RPI figures due later this morning.
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