StockMarketWire.com - The headline index is tipped to open firmer this morning, according to financial websites, with a myriad of corporate news due and despite overnight losses on Wall St as investor confidence waned, while Asian markets were also firmly in the red today...

US & ASIA

In the US last night, the Dow fell 74 points to close at 18,036, while the Nasdaq lost 31 points at 5,024 and the S&P 500 edged down 8 points to 2,107.

In Asia today, the Nikkei was recently down a hefty 498 points at 19,561 and the Hang Seng had lost 280 points at 28,125.

WTI crude oil traded at $58.62 a barrel and Brent at $65.52.

Gold settled at $1,201.9 an ounce.

LONDON MARKETS

In another day laden with corporate news, trading statements are due from Berendsen, Fisher (James) & Sons, Go-Ahead Group, Howden Joinery, International Personal Finance, Kaz Minerals, LSL Property Services, Moneysupermarket.com, Royal Bank of Scotland, Schroders, Smith & Nephew, Synthomer and Tullow Oil.

Interim results are expected from First Quantum Minerals, Jsc Kazmunaigas Exploration Production, Lancashire Holdings, Royal Dutch Shell and Shire and final results are scheduled to be released by Access Intelligence, Globo and Saga.

Meanwhile, Bank Pekao Sa, Anglo Pacific, Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure, COLT Telecom, Great Western Mining Corporation, LSL Property Services, Resource Holding Management host shareholder meetings.



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