FTSE 100 in focus after early 2017 bull run

London equities are due to open with investors pondering whether the FTSE 100 will continue its bull-run of successive all-time record closes into the second trading week of 2017.

Traders will be looking to Halifax's house-price index this morning, with German industrial production and trade balance also in the spotlight, along with euro zone investor confidence and its unemployment rate.


On Wall St overnight on Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.32% to 19,963.80, the S&P 500 firmed 0.35% to 2276.98 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.6% to 5521.06.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had fallen 0.34% to 19,454.33, while the Hang Seng firmed 0.25% to 22,559.98.

At 5.54am, WTI crude was down 0.54% to $53.70/bbl and Brent was down 0.46% to $56.84/bbl. Gold was up 0.07% to $1174.20/oz, with silver down and copper flat.


Interim results are due from Acron and Ilika, while Majestic Wine is set to issue a trading statement.