Asian markets firmer, boosted by Japan's Nikkei up almost 2% on a weaker Yen after G20 finance leaders avoided criticism of the country's efforts of stimulus. Trading in China resumed after markets have been closed for the past week, with the Shanghai Composite almost 1% lower after holiday retails sales rose at their slowest pace in 4 years.

European equity futures are flat in early trade, today we have results from TNT and Carlsberg, and economic data in the form of Eurozone current account. ECB's Weidmann said he is concerned about tendency towards political influence on central banks and expects a rebound in Germany GDP in Q1.

US markets are closed today, having closed relatively unchanged on Friday despite a sharp intraday sell off after Wal Mart announced that sales in February were exceptionally bad after their worst start to a month in 7 years.

Philip Ball | Sales and Trading