Market report: Lack of fireworks as FTSE looks to end 2018 on front foot
Today's curtailed New Year's Eve trading session begins on a modestly positive note despite weak Chinese manufacturing figures overnight.
At the open the FTSE 100 is a smidge higher at 6,734.64, consolidating the big gains achieved in Friday's recovery rally.
For 2019 as a whole the picture is set to be a lot less encouraging, barring something truly remarkable before lunch.
The UK stock ...