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This morning in London: The FTSE 100 is currently down 30 points at 6422.
Stocks: The corporate calendar is particularly bare, but that won’t last long as the US reporting season kicks off tomorrow, with Alcoa the first company to issue figures.
The day ahead: Markets are likely to be driven by fear for the continuing inability of US politicians to resolve their differences, while enthusiasm will also be dampened after the World Bank lowered its growth forecast for China.
All figures correct at 8am. All times London time.