FTSE due to open after Wall St, Asia gains

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.

LONDON MARKETS

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.