StockMarketWire.com - The headline index is tipped to open moderately firmer this morning, according to financial websites, recouping some of yesterday's heavy losses, while escalating troubles in Yemen and the ongoing who-blinks-first standoff between Greece and its creditors continue to affect market sentiment.

Elsewhere, Wall St turned in another disappointing performance overnight, while Asian markets were also lower in early trading today.

US & ASIA

In the US last night, the Dow shed a further 41 points closing at 17,678, while the Nasdaq fell 14 points to 4,863 and the S&P 500 edged 5 points lower to 2,056.

In Asia today, the Nikkei was recently down 222 points at 19,249 and the Hang Seng had fallen 22 points at 24,475.

WTI crude oil traded at $50.27 a barrel and Brent at $58.07.

Gold settled at $1,202.1 an ounce.

LONDON MARKETS

In the corporate diary today, a trading statement is due from Homeserve, interim results are expected from Imperial Innovations and final results are scheduled to be released by Public Power Corp, Cathay International Holdings, Judges Scientific and Novolipetsk Iron and Steel Corp.

Meanwhile, Attraqt Group, MCB Bank and Range Resources host shareholder meetings.



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