StockMarketWire.com - The headline index is tipped to open a fraction lower this morning, according to financial websites, despite strong overnight gains on Wall St, as Greece heads ever closer towards bankruptcy after failing to strike a deal with its creditors, while Asian markets were mixed...

US & ASIA

In the US last night, the Dow leapt 263 points to 17,976, while the Nasdaq added 56 points at 4,947 and the S&P 500 climbed 25 points higher to 2,086.

In Asia today, the Nikkei was recently down 68 points at 19,348 and the Hang Seng had gained 117 points at 24,972.

WTI crude oil traded at $48.1 a barrel and Brent at $55.88.

Gold settled at $1,180.5 an ounce.

LONDON MARKETS

In the corporate diary today, trading statements are due from MITIE Group and Thomas Cook Group, interim results are expected from Inland Homes and James Halstead and final results are scheduled to be released by Chesnara, e-Therapeutics, Hydrodec Group, Kingfisher, LiDCO Group, Martinco and Ocean Wilson Holdings.

Meanwhile, Turkiye Garanti Bankasi, Hume Capital Securities and IRF European Finance Investments host shareholder meetings.

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