London equities will open after gains on Wall St and in Asia as sterling trades mildly lower ahead of UK retail data and, throughout the day, a string of European Union and US purchasing-managers' indices.
Details continue to emerge on a quickly-closed terror attack in central Paris that left one policeman dead from gunshot wounds and several more injured.
US & ASIA
On Wall St last night, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.85% to 20,578.71, the S&P 500 added 0.76% to 2355.84 and the Nasdaq Composite firmed 0.92% to 5916.78.
In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had added 0.79% to 18,576.64, while the Hang Seng rose 0.08% to 24,075.16.
At 5.54am, WTI crude was down 0.34% to $50.27/bbl and Brent was up 0.13% to $53.06/bbl. Gold was down 0.19% to $1281.40/oz, with silver also down but copper making moderate gains. Sterling was down versus the dollar.
A trading statements is due from Reckitt Benckiser, while interim results are due from Schlumberger. Symphony International holds a shareholder meeting.