PRE-OPEN REPORT: The headline index is tipped to open with strong gains this morning, according to financial websites, following upbeat showings on Wall Street and across Asian bourses....
US & ASIA
In the US last night, the Dow rose 90 points at 16,263, the Nasdaq gained 11 points at 4,034 and the S&P500 advanced 12 points to 1,843.
In Asia today, the Nikkei was recently up 343 points at 14,339 and the Hang Seng ahead 143 points at 22,814.
WTI crude oil traded at $103.75 a barrel and Brent crude at $108.74.
Gold settled at $1,300 an ounce.
The latest UK jobs and earnings data are released at 9:30am.
In the corporate diary today, final results are scheduled from Acron, Central Asia Metals, IG Seismic Services, Integra Group and Tesco.
Trading statements are expected from Burberry Group, Dialight, Evraz, Fresnillo, Hargreaves Lansdown, Hunting, Persimmon, Reckitt Benckiser Group and Telford Homes.
Bunzl, Canadian General Investments, CLS Holdings, Dialight, EP Global Opportunities Trust, Heavitree Brewery, Hunting, MoneySwap and Persimmon host their AGMs.