Shares, stocks and corporate news: What you need to know before the open

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Today's top story: Ministers probe £6bn deal to decommission a dozen nuclear reactors

Today's leader: Amber Rudd's misguided comments make the UK tech sector less attractive

European markets are set to snap out of a Donald Trump-induced sulk this morning as concerns about the US President's failure to force through healthcare reforms last week ebb away.

London's FTSE 100 is expect to open up 26 points at 7,315. The German Dax is seen by analysts up 56 points at 12,044 with France's Cac 40 index seen 18 points higher at 5,031.

Asian markets steadied themselves and made gains overnight as concerns dissipated over US President Donald Trump’s healthcare setback.

Japan’s Nikkei made its largest one-day gain in a couple of weeks, jumping one per cent.

The broader MSCI Asia-Pacific excluding Japan added 0.6 per cent with equities from the land down-under climbing 1.1 per cent.

The dollar index – a comparison of the Greenback’s strength compared with a basket of global currencies – increased to 99.23, after hitting a four and a half month low on Monday.

Oil prices continue to be weighed by fears of US production being upped despite the comparatively weak dollar over recent days.

Brent crude futures advanced 20 cents to $50.95 per barrel with the US benchmark of West Texas intermediate languishing below the $50 per barrel mark at $47.97.

Corporate news​

  • Snap – shares were given a boost by a series of buy ratings from its own IPO banks
  • American Airlines – has bought a near-three per cent stake in China Southern
  • Credit Suisse – boss Tidjane Thiam wants a capital raise "as soon as possible"
  • Toshiba – Westinghouse appears to be inching towards Chapter 11
  • Uber – rebooted its self-driving car programme after a brief suspension


  • 10:00 – Italian industrial sales (January)
  • 13:55 – US redbook index (24 March)
  • 14:00 – S&P/Case-Shiller home prices index (January)
  • 15:00 – US consumer confidence (March)
  • 15:10 – Bank of Canada, Governor Poloz speech
  • 17:50 – US Fed's Janet Yellen speech

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