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.

US & ASIA

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.

LONDON MARKETS

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