UK PRE MARKET
The FTSE 100 Futures are trading at 7,184.00 with a loss of -0.06% percent or -4.50 point. The CAC 40 Futures are trading at 5,306.00 for up with +0.14% percent or +7.50 point . The DAX Futures are trading at 12,450.00 for up with +0.16% percent or +20.50 point . The EURO Stoxx 50 Futures are trading at 3,368.00 for up with +0.09% percent or +3.00 point.
TODAY’S FACTORS AND EVENTS
London stocks nudged lower in early trade on Friday as investors kept an eye on the geopolitical situation, with the latest Chinese trade data in focus and US bank earnings to look forward to.
At 0835 BST, the FTSE 100 was down 0.1% to 7,252.47, while the pound was up 0.2% against the euro and the dollar at 1.1563 and 1.4259, respectively.
Data out of China earlier showed a surprise monthly trade deficit in March for the first time in 13 months. China’s trade balance swung to a deficit of $4.98bn from a surplus of $33.7bn the month before, versus expectations for a surplus of $19.6bn.
For the day the Dow are trading at 24,483.05 for up with +1.21% percent or +293.60 point. The S&P 500 are trading at 2,663.99 for up with +0.83% percent or 21.80 point. The Nasdaq Composite are trading at 7,140.25 for up with +1.01% percent or +71.22 point.
In other parts of world, Japan’s Nikkei 225 are trading at 21,778.74 for up with +0.55% percent or +118.46 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng are trading at 30,808.38 with a loss of -0.07% percent or -22.90 point. China’s Shanghai Composite are trading at 3,159.05 with a loss of -0.66% percent or -21.11 point. India’s BSE Sensex are trading at 34,260.16 for up with +0.47% percent or +159.03 point at 12:15 PM.