- The headline index is tipped to start the last session of the week broadly flat, according to financial websites, with a sense of investor caution, given the recent market volatility, likely to hamper any significant directional move heading into the Bank Holiday weekend...

Nevertheless, US and Asian markets continued to push higher overnight.


In the US last night, the Dow gained 369 points to close at 16,655, the Nasdaq added 115 points at 4,813 and the S&P 500 climbed 47 points higher to reach 1,988.

In Asia today, the Nikkei was recently up 574 points at 19,148 and the Hang Seng had gained 127 points at 21,968.

WTI crude oil traded at $43.09 a barrel and Brent at $47.85.

Gold settled at $1,130 an ounce.


In the corporate diary today, a trading statement is due from Computacenter and interim results are expected from Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port, 888 Holdings, Henry Boot, British Polythene Industries, digital entertainment, Computacenter, Candover Investments, Chesnara, Cathay International Holdings, Charles Taylor, Exova Group, Huntsworth, Harworth Estates Group, John Laing Infrastructure Fund, Kenmare Resources, Lavendon Group, MHP S.A GDR, Marshalls, Matomy Media Group, Nord Gold, Restaurant Group and UTV Media.

Meanwhile, Biofrontera AG, The Fulham Shore, Phorm and Stagecoach Group are set to host shareholder meetings.

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