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.

US & ASIA

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.

LONDON MARKETS

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