FTSE to open after US, Asia gains; UK jobs data in focus

London stocks will open after US and Asian equities turned in overall positive performances last night, with investors looking to UK employment-related data this morning.

The eurozone's trade balance this morning, along with this afternoon's US inflation and production data, will be in crisp focus as traders react to lingering economic and political uncertainties.

US & ASIA

In the US last night, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.45% to 20,504.41, the S&P 500 firmed 0.4% to 2337.58 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.32% to 5782.57.

In Asia, the Nikkei 225 had improved 1.12% to 19,454.25 and the Hang Seng was up 1.43% to 24,042.94.

At 5.59am, WTI crude was down 0.68% to $52.84/bbl and Brent was down 0.61% to $55.63/bbl. Gold was up 0.16% to $1227.3/oz, with silver and copper also making gains.

LONDON MARKETS

Final results are expected from Georgia Healthcare Group, while Titon Holdings has a shareholder meeting scheduled.