FTSE seen starting slowly ahead of Tuesday's CPI, PPI

London equities are due to open slowly after sideways moves on US and Asia indices overnight, with investors likely already looking ahead to Tuesday's rich diary of UK inflation data and EU PMI figures for trading spurs.

The expected cautious start to trade on Monday mirrors the low-key start to last week, with markets that time becoming more volatile as traders reacted to key events such as UK and US interest rates announcements.

US & ASIA

On Wall St overnight on Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.1% to 20,914.62, the S&P 500 eased 0.13% to 2378.25 and the Nasdaq Composite was flat at 5901.00.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had fallen 0.35% to 19,521.59, while the Hang Seng firmed 0.52% to 24,436.83.

At 6.09am, WTI crude was down 0.9% to $48.34/bbl and Brent was down 0.64% to $51.43/bbl. Gold was up 0.29% to $1233.8/oz, with silver up similarly and copper firmly lower.

LONDON MARKETS

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