Before the open - 30/08

It's the last trading day of the month - and it looks the FTSE will close down this August. The index closed at 6621.10 on 31 July, and saw its monthly peak the next day at 6682.00.

Opening at 6483.05, it seems very unlikely that anything dramatic will happening on what looks to be a quiet Friday.

Key events today:

  • Italian July unemployment at 09.00. Expected to rise to 12.2 per cent from 12.1 per cent.
  • UK July mortgage approvals at 09.30. Expected to rise to 59,000 from 57,667.
  • UK July net lending to individuals at 09.30. Expected to rise to £1.1bn from £1bn.
  • Eurozone August consumer confidence at 10.00. Expected to rise to -16.5 from -17.4.
  • Eurozone August business climate at 10.00. Expected to rise to -0.34 from -0.53.
  • Eurozone August economic sentiment at 10.00. Expected to rise to 93.0 from 92.5.
  • Eurozone August industrial confidence at 10.00. Expected to rise to -9.9 from -10.6.
  • Eurozone August services sentiment at 10.00.
  • Eurozone unemployment at 10.00.
  • US July personal income at 13.30. Expected to stay flat at 0.3 per cent.
  • US July personal spending at 13.30. Expected to fall to 0.3 per cent from 0.5 per cent.
  • US August Chicago purchasing managers' index at 14.45. Expected to rise to 53.2 from 52.3.
  • US August Reuters/Michigan consumer sentiment at 14.55. Expected to fall to 80.5 from 85.1.