FTSE to open amid Brexit-born sterling fears, again

London equities are due to open, with rejuvenated fears of a 'hard' Brexit and an undermined sterling likely to continue being key factors in today's session.

The FTSE 100 has been on a run higher since very late 2016, and investors will be looking to see whether the blue-chip ladder can rise again today.

In addition to a lengthy list of ex-dividend stocks, traders will be looking at euro-zone CPI inflation and industrial production. Stateside this afternoon, jobless claims and import prices will be in focus.

US & ASIA

On Wall St last night, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.5% to 19,954.28, the S&P 500 firmed 0.28% to 2275.32 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.21% to 5563.65.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had fallen 1.05% to 19,161.62, while the Hang Seng lost 0.64% to 22,788.85.

At 6.11am, WTI crude was down 0.15% to $52.17/bbl and Brent was down 0.02% to $55.09/bbl. Gold was up 0.16% to $198.5/oz, with silver also up and copper lower.

LONDON MARKETS

Trading statements are due from Associated British Foods, ASOS, Barratt Developments, Booker Group, Debenhams, Dunelm, Hays, Jupiter Fund Management, Marks & Spencer, Premier Oil, SuperGroup and Tesco.

Final results are due from Aukett Swanke, while interim results are expected from Hays.