StockMarketWire | 21/09/2017 - 08:12
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After the Federal Reserve made no change to its benchmark interest rate, the main issue for investors to chew over continues to be the government's handling of Brexit negotiations.

Investors continue to be spooked by uncertainty and on Thursday the FTSE 100 is expected to inch 6 points higher at the start of trading.

US & ASIA

US markets were mixed overnight following the latest Federal Reserve statement. The Dow closed 0.19% higher at 22,412.59, the S&P 500 by 0.06% at 2,508.24, while the Nasdaq fell by 0.08% at 6,456.04.

In Asia this morning, the Hang Seng was recently up 0.1% at 28,155 and the Nikkei 225 was 0.4% higher at 20,391.07.

COMMODITIES

At around 6.05am, WTI crude oil was 0.06% lower at $50.66 per barrel and Brent was down 0.2% at $56.18 per barrel.

Gold was down by 1.11% at $1,301.8 an ounce, silver by 1.29% and copper by 1.18%.

LONDON MARKETS

Interim results are expected from Biopharma Credit, Cambridge Cognition, Quixant and Venture Life, while Mitchells & Butlers is due to issue a trading statement.

Shareholder meetings are to be held by Auto Trader, Accsys Technologies, Begbies Traynor, Circle Property, First Property, Gloo Networks, IG Group, Twentyfour Income Fund, Whitbread and WYG.

In economic news, data regarding public sector net borrowing and high street lending is due this morning.