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


Today's top storyFormer Deutsche Bank trader charged with Euribor rigging in SFO probe pleads guilty

Today's leader: PM has handled Russia test exceptionally well

Jeremy Corbyn has repeated his position that government must avoid "hasty judgements" when seeking to blame Russia for the Salisbury poison attack as the West, including the US, unite to condemn Moscow as the perpetrator.

That comes after defence secretary Gavin Williamson said Russia should "go away and shut up".

European markets are expected to edge up this morning according to IG, with the German Dax up 17 points to 12,367 points and and the French Cac opening up one point at 5,268, while the FTSE looks as if it will start the day up five points at 7,144.

Earlier today, Asian stocks following reports of more chaos in the Trump administration. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.2 per cent in early trade. Japan's Nikkei as down 0.3 per cent.

Corporate news

  • JD Wetherspoon – is to announce its interim results later this morning
  • Mitie – will released a trading statement, along with Berkeley and Investec
  • ​Currys – has apologised after customers complained about being pressured into extra charges on laptops
  • Wesfarmers – Homebase owner confirmed the spin-off of its supermarket arm Coles


  • 10.00 – EU consumer price index (YoY) (Feb)
  • 12.30 – US housing starts (February)