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The start of a fresh week where markets can once again focus on corporate news-flow should hopefully see traders with a cheerier disposition, having left behind the cloud under which they've been sitting for the last couple of weeks.
As expected the UK government has announced that EDF will build a nuclear power station for £16 billion, and it is anticipated that around a third of the funding for this will come from China. Following George Osborne and Boris Johnson's business trip earlier in the month, it is likely that we will see a number of projects being partially funded by Asian money.
In other news, the London Crossrail project has confirmed that it has awarded a £64 million contract to Balfour Beatty for the electrification of the track, while the weekend's press speculated that Charterhouse Capital Partners is considering making a £1 billion offer for G4S’s cash solution arm.
The US reporting season continues today with Halliburton, Hasbro, McDonald's Corp, Netflix and Texas Instruments among some of the bigger names reporting third-quarter earnings. In total this week will see almost 30% of the S&P 500 reporting figures, offering plenty to keep traders busy.
Ahead of the open, we expect the Dow Jones to start five points higher at 15,404.