This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently up 84 points at 6496.
FX and commodities: GBP/USD is up 55 pips at $1.5557, EUR/USD is down four pips at $1.3216 and USD/JPY is up 66 pips at ¥98.84. Brent crude is down 103 cents at $112.99 and gold is trading at $1395, down $1.
Latest news: With both the US and Canada closed for Labor Day, we could be set for a slightly quieter morning, though we are likely to see politicians comment on the ongoing uncertainty over Syria.
Stocks: The deal for Verizon Wireless to buy out Vodafone's holding looks a step closer and could be completed this week. Tullow Oil could be in for a rough morning of trading after it latest test well came up dry.
The day ahead: The latest manufacturing PMI figures for a number of countries, inlcuding the UK, Spain and Italy, plus the EU, are released this morning.
All figures correct at 8.30am. All times London time.