London equities are due to open after both Wall St and Asian stocks made mild overnight gains, despite falls in the prices of crude oil and gold.
US & ASIA
On Wall St last night, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.19% to 18,903.82, the S&P 500 firmed 0.47% to 2187.12 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.74% to 5333.97.
In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had gained 0.59% to 17,967.41, while the Hang Seng firmed 0.08% to 22,280.74.
At 6.34am, WTI crude was down 1.03% to $44.95/bbl and Brent was down 0.71% to $46.16/bbl. Gold was down 0.81% to $1207.0/oz.
Interim results are due from Electrocomponents and Fuller Smith & Turner. A trading statement is due from Industrial Multi Property Trust, while Crystal Amber Fund, European Metals, Eagle Eye Solutions, Sylvania Platinum and Vinaland hold shareholder meetings.