FTSE to open amid ex-divs after US up, Asia down

London stocks are poised to open after a firmer Wall St and lower Asia, with a long list of equities expected to go ex-dividend today.

The market remains focused on sterling's weakness, which followed UK's non-binding referendum to quit the European Union.

US & ASIA

On Wall St overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.09% to 18,144.2, the S&P 500 firmed 0.11% to 2139.18 and the Nasdaq Composite shed 0.15% to 5239.02.

In Asia this morning, the Nikkei 225 had fallen 0.42% to 16,770.08, while the Hang Seng retreated 1.16% to 23,135.89.

At 6.08am, WTI crude was down 0.76% to $49.80/bbl and Brent was down 0.71% to $51.44/bbl. Gold was up 0.58% to $1261.1/oz.

LONDON MARKETS

Interim results are due from Sky, while final results are expected from Imperial Innovations.