The FTSE 100 is called around 26 points higher at the start of Friday's session, according to the financial spread betting firms, despite mixed performances on Wall Street and in Asia. Volatility in the dollar overnight, following comments from President Trump, provoked a varied response from overseas investors. In London, trading volumes are expected to be subdued given the lack of Corporate or economic news. However, traders will be analysing today's fourth quarter GDP figures, which should provide some insight into the general state of the UK economy. OVERSEAS MARKETS In the US overnight, the Dow closed 140.67 points higher at 26,392.79, the S&P 500 added 1.71 points to end at 2,839.25, while the NASDAQ lost 3.89 points to close at 7,411.16. In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 was 42.50 points lower at 23,626.99 heading into the close. The Hang Seng was up 452.32 points at 33,106.77 and the Shanghai Composite was 11.63 points higher at 3,559.93. COMMODITIES At 6:05am, WTI crude was 0.20% lower at $65.38 per barrel and Brent was down 0.28% at $70.22 per barrel. Gold was 0.89% weaker at $1,355.80 per ounce and silver was off by 1.16%. Meanwhile, copper was up 0.02%. LONDON MARKETS Final Results: Kcell. Interim Results: Haynes Publishing. AGM's / EGM's: JPMorgan Chinese Investment Trust, Treatt and URA Holdings. Economic Announcements: Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures and the latest Index of Services reading.
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