The FTSE 100 Futures is trading at 6,817.50  with a loss of -0.21% percent or -14.50 point. The CAC 40 Futures is trading at 4,781.50 with a loss of -0.60% percent or -29.00 point. The DAX Futures is trading at 10,818.50  with a loss of -0.56% percent or -61.00 point. The EURO Stoxx 50 Futures trading at 3,042.50  with a loss of -0.60% percent or -18.50  point.


In particular, investors seemed to take heart from remarks by US Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Ted McKinney, who told CNBC that the first round of talks with China had gone “just fine”.

On the corporate front, housebuilders were the standout gainers as Taylor Wimpey rallied after saying it would report 2018 full year results in line with expectations as the housing market remained stable despite uncertainties caused by Brexit. In a trading statement for the year to 31 December 2018, it said total home completions increased by 3% to 14,947, including joint ventures.


For the day the FTSE 100 closed at 6,906.63 up with +0.66% percent or +45.03 point. France’s CAC  40 closed at 4,813.58  up with +0.84% percent or +40.31 point. Germany’s DAX closed at 10,893.32  up with +0.83% percent or +89.34 point.


For the day the Dow is trading at 23,879.12  up with  +0.39% percent or +91.67 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,584.96  up with +0.41% percent or +10.55 point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at +6,957.08 up with +0.87% percent or +60.08 point.

In other parts of world, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 20,163.80  with a loss of  -1.29% percent or -263.26 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 26,467.16  up with +0.018% percent or +4.84  point. China’s Shanghai Composite is trading at 2,535.10  with a loss of -0.36% percent or  -9.25 point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 36,130.63  with a loss of -0.23% percent or -82.28 point at 12:15 PM.