- The headline index is tipped to open broadly flat this morning, according to financial websites, as the market tries to figure out how to respond to news out of the Fed last night, while Wall St closed marginally down and the Asian markets open mixed…


In the US last night, the Dow fell 32 points to 16,974, the Nasdaq fell 15 points at 4,549 and the S&P 500 traded down 3 points to 1,982.

In Asia today, the Nikkei was recently up 129 points at 15,685 and the Hang Seng had fallen around 158 points at 23,666.

WTI crude oil traded at $82 a barrel and Brent at $87.

Gold settled at $1,212.8 an ounce.


In the corporate diary today, interim results are due from Megafon, Pharmstandard, Eurasia Drilling, X5 Retail Group, Samsung Electronics, BT Group, First Quantum Minerals, Kofax, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, Royal Dutch Shell, Seplat Petroleum Development Company and Smith & Nephew. Trading statements are expected from Afren, Aviva, Barclays, Countrywide, Euromoney Institutional Investor, Henderson Group, Kazakhmys and RPS Group.

Atlantis Japan, Ashmore Group, Clinigen Group, Datang Intl Power Generation, Genesis Emerging Markets Fnd, Mnc Strategic Investments, Pacific Horizon Investment Trust and Redde host their AGMs.

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