FTSE to open amid US, Asia equities softness

London equities will open into a Friday session on the back softer sessions in the US and Asia, with little in the way of either corporate or economic news in the diary to stir trading.

Investors, however, will be looking to UK retail sales data out mid-morning, and also the eurozone's current account reading around the same time.

US & ASIA

On Wall St overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.04% to 20,619.77, the S&P 500 lost 0.09% to 2347.22 and the Nasdaq Composite fell 0.08% to 5814.9.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had fallen 0.59% to 19,233.28, while the Hang Seng eased 0.6% to 23,963.94.

At 6.10am, WTI crude was up 0.15% to $53.44/bbl and Brent was up 0.2% to $55.76/bbl. Gold was down 0.22% to $1238.9/oz, while silver and copper also slipped lower.

LONDON MARKETS

Final results are expected from Essentra, Kingspan, JSC Kazmunaigas Exploration Production, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, Segro and Empresaria Group.