Asian markets are higher this morning, as Japan's political parties confirmed Kuroda as the new BOJ Governor, as expected but now clears the way for the anticipated fresh stimulus. The Nikkei closed at session highs up 1.5%.

European equity futures are slightly firmer ahead of the open after indices closed at session and multi year highs yesterday. The 2 day EU summit concludes today, with members supporting the bailout package for Cyprus. Today we have Eurozone CPI.

In the US, markets closed at fresh all time highs last night as the Dow puts on the longest rally since 1996. Look out for CPI data and University of Michigan Confidence due later today.

Philip Ball | Sales and Trading