Source - SMW
The FTSE 100 is expected to add around 12 points when trading gets underway on Tuesday, with key UK inflation data due later this morning.

Upbeat UK growth forecasts, as well as improved optimism over negotiating a satisfactory Brexit deal, has seen the pound rally in recent days.

Nevertheless, many economic commentators are predicting further turbulence in the weeks ahead.

OVERSEAS MARKETS

US markets were closed on Monday and resume later in the day.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei was 236.93 points (1.00%) higher at 23,951.81 and the Hang Seng was up 450.05 points (1.44%) at 31,788.91.

The Shanghai Composite was 7.44 points higher at 3,417.93.

COMMODITIES

At round 6:30am, WTI crude was up 0.31% at $64.50 per barrel and Brent was down 0.38% at $69.99 per barrel.

Gold was 0.50% firmer at $1,341.60 per ounce, silver was up 1.28% and copper by 0.82%.

LONDON MARKETS

Trading Statements: Ashmore, Dunelm, Greggs, The Gym Group, JD Sports, Johnson Matthey, Ophir Energy and Premier Foods.

Interim Results: K3 Capital, NCC and 1pm.

AGM's / EGM's: Baring Emerging Europe, Plus500 and Polo Resources.