Asian markets are mostly firmer this morning, with the Nikkei up around 1% with the Yen weakening overnight, with investors now expecting no criticism from other G20 members at the meeting this weekend over Japan's monetary policy.

In Europe, equity futures are looking flat ahead of UK unemployment data. The Cyprus finance minister has said that he anticipates a gold sale in the next few months and that the decision was made by the Troika.

In the US, markets rebounded yesterday after better than expected corporate earnings and strong housing data. Today we have earnings from Bank of America (23c) and American Express ($1.13), ahead of the Fed Beige book later this evening.

Philip Ball | Sales and Trading