Markets continue to be muted by ongoing shutdown in Washington – we're now on day seven – with fingers crossed for an agreement on the raising of the debt ceiling in time for the 17 October deadline.
Asian markets closed down on US concern, and it is expected that the deadlock will mean sanguine European markets, too.
European markets looking softer as the US continues to argue with itself and the World Bank down grades Chinese growth from 8.3% to 7.5%.
— Alastair McCaig (@AMcCaig_IG) October 7, 2013
US futures, Asian indices buffeted overnight by US political storm. Only moderate impact seen in Europe, FTSE expected down 15 at open. DJH
— IGSquawk (@IGSquawk) October 7, 2013
— David Morrison (@jmoz62) October 7, 2013
Eurozone sentix investor confidence for October at 9.30. Expected at 8.3, up from 6.5.