FTSE nears open amid bull-run

London equities are due to open after yesterday extending their bull run, with FTSE 100 hitting another fresh all-time high. Multiple stocks going ex-dividend today will likely act as some ballast to trade.

Investors will have an eye on UK services PMI numbers out mid-morning, along with Europe's retail PMI and PPI, and also the European Central Bank's monetary policy meeting accounts.

US & ASIA

On Wall St last night, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.3% to 19,942.16, the S&P 500 firmed 0.57% to 2270.75 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.88% to 5477.00.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had risen 1.23% to 18,996.370, while the Hang Seng gained 1.47% to 22,460.10.

At 6.05am, WTI crude was down 0.15% to $53.18/bbl and Brent was down 0.23% to $56.33/bbl. Gold was up 0.95% to $1176.3/oz, with silver and copper also progressing.

LONDON MARKETS

A trading statement is expected from Persimmon, while Ironveld holds a shareholder meeting.