Asian markets are firmer this morning, buoyed by a view from a government economist saying that growth will rebound this year. Technology sectors outperformed as Taiwan Semiconductor rose almost 7% after beating forecasts with their quarterly results.

In Europe, futures slightly firmer ahead of German producer prices, Italian Industrial orders and Eurozone current account data.

In the US, markets sold off yesterday after weaker corporate earnings and disappointing leading indicators data, the market did rally into the close and futures this morning are around 30bps firmer. Today we have numbers from GE (35), McDonalds($1.26) and State Street (93c).

Philip Ball | Sales and Trading