- The headline index is tipped to open a smidge higher this morning, according to financial websites, with a raft of companies scheduled to report their latest numbers, while Wall St continued to make steady gains overnight and as Asian markets opened mixed...


In the US last night, the Dow was up 8 points at 17,818, the Nasdaq added 42 points to 4,755 and the S&P 500 edged ahead 6 points to 2,069.

In Asia today, the Nikkei was recently up 61 points at 17,414 and the Hang Seng had fallen 46 points to 23,838.

WTI crude oil traded at $75.83 a barrel and Brent at $79.63.

Gold settled at $1,198 an ounce.


In the corporate diary today, interim results are due from Accumuli, AO World, Byotrol, Caledonia Investments, Chamberlin, Creston, De La Rue, Essar Energy, KCOM Group, Quintain Estates & Development, Renold, Scapa Group, Severfield-Rowen, Signet Jewelers and Severn Trent.

Final results are expected from Cambria Automobiles, Greencore Group, Mitchells & Butlers, Paragon Diamonds, Renew Holdings, Topps Tiles and Zoopla Property Group and trading statements are due from IG Group and Kingfisher.

Black Mountain Resources, Conexion Media Group, Just Retirement Group, Pantheon Internat Participations, Wildhorse Energy and Wolseley host their AGMs.

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