Asian markets are lower for choice this morning, with the Nikkei giving up early session gains despite the Yen being weaker again on BOJ minutes suggesting further easing. China is the big loser this morning lower by almost 2%.

European equity futures are pointing to a slightly lower open, German DIW economic institute will cut its forecast for 2013 from a current forecast of 0.9% with 2014 growth seen at 2%.

The US markets closed yet again at record highs for the Dow in the absence of any major data due yesterday. 

Philip Ball | Sales and Trading