FTSE 100's run higher in focus amid Brexit fears

London equities are poised to open with investors focused on the blue-chip index and whether it will continue its record run higher as sterling falls on 'hard' Brexit fears.

Traders will be looking to UK construction, industrial and manufacturing production data out mid morning, with the goods trade balance also due around the same time.


On Wall St overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.16% to 19,855.53, the S&P 500 firmed a whisker to 2268.90 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.36% to 5551.82.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had improved 0.32% to 19,362.9, while the Hang Seng firmed 0.7% to 22,903.13.

At 6.16am, WTI crude was up 0.24% to $50.94/bbl and Brent was up 0.13% to $53.71/bbl. Gold was up 0.32% to $1189.30/oz, with silver and copper prices also firming.


Interim results are due from Capital & Regional, Evraz, Kaz Minerals, Premier Oil and UK Commercial Property Trust. Final results are expected from Empresaria Group.

Trading statements are due from Joules, Page, Sainsbury, Tullow Oil and Taylor Wimpey. A shareholder meeting is scheduled for Fenner.