FTSE to begin Monday quietly after so-clled Black Friday

London equities are expected to open quietly on Monday after so-called Black Friday's frenzy of retail-sector sales, with little of note in the corporate and economic diaries to spur activity.

US & ASIA

On Wall St, following Thanksgiving, the Dow Jones Industrial Average last traded up 0.36% to 19,152.14, while the S&P 500 added 0.39% to 2213.35 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.34% to 5398.92.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had fallen 0.29% to 18,327.88, while the Hang Seng rose 0.84% to 22,915.12.

At 5.55am, WTI crude was down 0.09% to $46.02/bbl and Brent was down 0.19% to $47.15/bbl. Gold was up 1.3% to 1196.3/oz.

LONDON MARKETS

Interim results are due from D4T4 Solutions, Kainos and Trakm8. Final results are expected from Aberdeen Asset Management. A trading statement is due from Capital & Counties.