FTSE open after Wall St, Asia gains as sterling down

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.

LONDON MARKETS

A trading statements is due from Reckitt Benckiser, while interim results are due from Schlumberger. Symphony International holds a shareholder meeting.