FTSE 100 poised to open after week-long run-up

London equities are poised to open, but it remains to be seen whether the blue-chip index will have the steam to achieve yet another record closing high today.

Investors will this morning be looking to euro-zone retail sales numbers, German factory orders and the French trade balance.

They will also be focused on the US trade balance and jobless data out this afternoon.


On Wall St overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.21% to 19,899.29, the S&P 500 shed 0.08% to 2269.00 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.20% to 5487.94.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had fallen 0.34% to 19,454.33, while the Hang Seng firmed 0.18% to 22,497.91.

At 6.26am, WTI crude was down 0.19% to $53.66/bbl and Brent was down 0.19% to $56.78. Gold was down 0.37% to $1176.90/oz, with silver and copper following suit.


Final results are due from C4X Discovery Holdings.