Asian markets are firmer this morning, rebounding again from recent weakness, ahead of major central bank meetings this week. Japan is leading the way up over 2%, with the Yen falling after posting its biggest weekly gain in four years.

European equity futures are slightly higher in early trade, ahead of European trade balance data due later today.

US markets were lower on Friday, with the S&P index again stalling on the upside at the 1640 level. Concerns remain over the Fed pulling stimulus efforts, but the FOMC meeting this week should provide further clues on such.

Philip Ball | Sales and Trading