Asian markets firmer, with China's Shanghai Composite leading the way up 1% ahead of industrial production and retail sales data due over the weekend. The Nikkei was attempting to rally for the seventh consecutive day, but sold off into the close to finish modestly lower.

In Europe, the Euro fell sharply yesterday after the ECB's Draghi lowered the regions Inflation and growth forecasts. It is worth noting that Germany's DAX posted 12 month highs yesterday. Today we have UK Industrial and Manufacturing production. European equity futures are slightly higher.

In the US, markets closed near session highs after mildly encouraging jobs data although closer scrutiny will be on today's Non Farm Payrolls, with consensus at  85k. 

Philip Ball | Sales and Trading