FTSE set to open lower as Brexit stalemate continues

The FTSE 100 is expected to start the last session of the week around 11 points lower as Brexit negotiations remain in deadlock, with mixed messages coming out of Europe and the UK on the pace of progress and current status of trade talks.


In the US overnight, the Dow closed 0.14% lower at 22,841.01, the S&P 500 eased 0.17% to 2,550.93 and the Nasdaq fell 0.18% to end at 6,591.51.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei was up 1.07% at 21,179.58 and the Hang Seng added 0.03% at 28,468.76.


At around 6.05am, WTI crude was 0.67% higher at $50.94 per barrel and Brent was up 0.6% at $56.59 per barrel.

Gold was 0.11% firmer at $1,297.9 an ounce, silver was up 0.08% but copper was down 0.03%.


Trading statements are expected from Ashmore, Man Group and Provident Financial.

In economic news, the latest monthly CB Leading Index reading is due this morning.