This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently up eight points at 6596.
FX and commodities: GBP/USD is down 11 pips at $1.5805, EUR/USD is down eight pips at $1.3302 and USD/JPY is down 38 pips at ¥99.50. Brent crude is down ten cents at $110.05 and gold is trading at $1346, down $19.
Stocks: This will be a day full of corporate releases, with Next, Morrisons, Home Retail Group and Ocado all reporting figures, along with confirmation that Royal Mail will become the latest organisation to be privatised. BP has now started the mammoth task of working its way through 48,000 civil lawsuits against it.
The day ahead: The ECB monthly bulletin is due out this morning at 9am, along with EU industrial production figures. Then at 1.30pm we have US unemployment claims, and tonight at 7pm the Federal budget balance.
All figures correct at 8.30am. All times London time.