FTSE 100 nears 14th consecutive all-time closing high

London stocks will be closely watched as the FTSE 100 approaches what might become its 14th consecutive day of posting a new all-time closing high, as blue-chips nip north thanks to a lower sterling on Brexit nerves.

Investors will be looking to Bank of England's credit conditions survey mid-morning. This afternoon, focus will be on US retail sales, PPI and inflation figures, among a raft of data due out stateside.


On Wall St overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.32% to 19,891.00, the S&P 500 shed 0.21% to 2270.44 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.29% to 5547.49.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had risen 0.66% to 19,260.91, while the Hang Seng added 0.39% to 22,918.63.

At 6.03am, WTI crude was up 0.02% to $53.02/bbl and Brent was down 0.02% to $56.00/bbl. Gold was down 0.58% to $1192.90/oz. Silver and copper were lower.


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