FTSE to track US, Asian markets higher; Next in focus

FTSE 100 is set to start Wednesday in plus territory, tracking overnight gains on Wall Street, which had a positive influence on Asian markets this morning and is expected to feed through to London.

However, big-ticket miners are likely to come under further pressure given ongoing commodity price weakness.

Next kicks of the retail sector reporting season, with a trading statement covering the key Christmas trading period, which should provide an initial insight into consumer sentiment on the High Street.

Construction PMI data is also due later this morning.

At around 6:15am, the index of blue-chip shares was called to open 9 points higher at 7,650.6, according to spread betting firms.


In the US overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 104.79 points (0.42%) higher at 24,824.01.

The broader-based S&P 500 added 22.20 points (0.83%) to end at 2,695.81 and the tech-focussed Nasdaq jumped 103.51 points (1.5%) to 7,006.90.

President Trump was back on twitter, responding to the recent rhetoric from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, by claiming his "Nuclear Button" is "bigger" than Kim Jong Un's and it "works".

Heading into the close, the Hang Seng gave up earlier gains and was 9.88 points lower at 30,505.43, while the Nikkei 225 remains closed until Thursday and stands at 22,764.94.

The Shanghai Composite advanced 19.24 points to 3,367.56, mainly driven by raw materials, petrochemical and property sectors.


At around 6:10am, WTI crude recently up 0.02% at $60.38 per barrel and Brent was flat at $66.57 per barrel.

Gold unchanged at $1,316.10 an ounce, silver was down 0.5% and copper was 0.41% lower.


Trading statements: Next

Shareholder meetings: Applied Graphene Materials

Economic releases: Construction Purchasing Managers Index (PMI)