UK PRE MARKET
The FTSE 100 Futures are trading at 7,576.80 with a loss of -0.06% percent or -4.40 point. The CAC 40 Futures are trading at 5,501.50 for up with +0.16% percent or +9.00 point . The DAX Futures are trading at 13,270.50 with a loss of -0.03% percent or -4.50 point . The EURO Stoxx 50 Futures are trading at 3,623.00 for up with +0.17% percent or +6.00 point.
TODAY’S FACTORS AND EVENTS
London stocks were set for a firmer open on Friday after an upbeat session on Wall Street, where the Dow and S&P 500 notched record closes, as investors eyed the release of fourth-quarter GDP figures for the UK and US.
The FTSE 100 was called to open 22 points higher at 7,637.
Preliminary fourth-quarter GDP figures are due for the UK at 0930 GMT, while the same data for the US is due at 1330 GMT.
CMC Markets analyst Michael Hewson said: “It’s an important day for initial iterations of Q4 GDP for the UK and US economies. Starting with the UK we’ll get to see an initial snapshot of how strongly the UK economy finished off 2017.
For the day the Dow are trading at 26,392.79 for up with +0.54% percent or +140.67 point. The S&P 500 are trading at 2,839.25 for up with +0.06% percent or +1.71 point. The Nasdaq Composite are trading at 7,411.16 with a loss of -0.05% percent or -3.89 point.
In other parts of world, Japan’s Nikkei 225 are trading at 23,631.88 with a loss of -0.16% percent or -37.61 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng are trading at 33,154.12 for up with +1.53% percent or +499.67 point. China’s Shanghai Composite are trading at 3,558.13 for up with +0.28% percent or +9.82 point. India’s BSE Sensex are trading at 36,050.44 with a loss of -0.31% percent or -111.20 point at 12:15 PM.