Asian markets are firmer this morning following the lead of US markets, with the Nikkei rising for the 4th consecutive day. Volumes remain very light.

European equity futures are slightly lower in early trade, ahead of Bank of England minutes and Eurozone construction spending data.

US markets closed higher yesterday, as fears that the Fed may pare stimulus easing after lower than expected inflation data. The Fed will conclude their 2 day policy meeting today.

Philip Ball | Sales and Trading