- The headline index is tipped to open cautiously higher this morning, according to financial websites, with recent hawkish comments from Mark Carney and today’s OPEC meeting likely to stifle any major advance, as Wall St surged ever higher overnight on a glut of economic data, while Asia opened firmly down…


In the US last night, the Dow added 13 points to 17,828, while the Nasdaq gained 29 points to 4,787 and the S&P 500 edged up 6 points to 2,073.

In Asia today, the Nikkei was recently down 87 points at 17,273 and the Hang Seng had fallen 92 points at 24,021.

WTI crude oil traded at $72.74 a barrel and Brent at $76.5.

Gold settled at $1,191 an ounce.


In the corporate diary today, interim results are due from Acal, Public Power, Digital Barriers, Mountview Estates, PayPoint, Palace Capital, RPC Group and VP and final results are expected from Impax Asset Management, Marston's, Shaftesbury and SSP Group.

Allocate Software, Avanti Communications Group, Eclectic Bar Group, Berkeley Resources, Ferrum Crescent, Global Petroleum, Harbourvest Senior Loans Europe, Netcall, Red Emperor Resources and Transense Technologies host their AGMs.

Story provided by