- The headline index is set to reverse some of yesterday's losses on the open, according to financial websites, as Greece finally appears to be making progress with its Eurozone partners, while Wall St provided some support overnight, whereas Asian markets were mixed in early trades...


In the US last night, the Dow gained 72 points at 18,110, while the Nasdaq slipped 5 points to 5,055 and the S&P 500 inched 6 points higher to close at 2,115.

In Asia today, the Nikkei was recently up 76 points at 20,059 and the Hang Seng had fallen 123 points at 28,320.

WTI crude oil traded at $56.91 a barrel and Brent at $64.47.

Gold settled at $1,210.5 an ounce.


The London markets and City scribes are preparing themselves for yet another busy day on the corporate news front with trading statements due from Aer Lingus, Alent, Antofagasta, Barclays, British American Tobacco, Greggs, HellermannTyton, London Stock Exchange, Next, Petropavlovsk, Stagecoach, Standard Life, Thorntons, TSB Banking Group and Weir.

In addition, interim results are expected from Samsung Electronics, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Sa, Megafon, Redefine International and Spirit Pub, while final results are scheduled to be released by Ojsc Phosagro, lg Seismic Services, Vimetco, Aquatic Foods, N Brown, Development Securities, Home Retail, MHP S.A, Mi-Pay, Petropavlosk and Summit Germany.

Meanwhile, Global Ports Investments, Admiral, Aviva, Bank of Ireland, Countrywide, Lancashire Holdings and Manchester Building Society host shareholder meetings.

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