FTSE set for quiet Friday as UK, US economies in focus

London stocks are poised to for a quiet session of Friday, with a bare corporate diary and traders continuing to eye the UK and US economies under, respectively, the Brexit and Trump administrations.

Investors will be looking to services PMI data out mid morning for the UK and euro zone, while this afternoon in the US it will be non-farm employment, manufacturing and jobless data in focus.

US & ASIA

On Wall St last night, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.03% to 19,884.91, the S&P 500 firmed 0.06% to 2280.85 and the Nasdaq Composite ebbed 0.11% to 5636.2.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had risen 0.02% to 18,918.2, while the Hang Seng lost 0.3% to 23,115.73.

At 6.42am, WTI crude was up 0.62% to $53.87/bbl and Brent was down 0.48% to $56.83/bbl. Gold was down 0.39% to $1214.7/oz, with silver and especially copper lower.