FTSE to open after mixed US as traders look to data

London equities are poised to open after a mixed session on Wall St and falls in Asia, with traders continuing to assess the UK's potential for a so-called 'hard landing' in the event of Brexit.

A raft of UK and European goods trade balance and industrial production data will be on investors' radars, these also looking to US wholesale inventories and non-farm payrolls data this afternoon.

US & ASIA

On Wall St last night, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.07% to 18,268.5, the S&P 500 added 0.05% to 2160.77 and the Nasdaq Composite shed 0.17% to 5306.85.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had fallen 0.37% to 16,836.57, while the Hang Seng eased 0.54% to 23,822.28.

At 6.24am, WTI crude was up 0.12% to $50.50/bbl and Brent was ahead 0.11% to $52.57/bbl. Gold was up 0.13% to $1254.6/oz.

LONDON MARKETS

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