Wall Street futures were in the red ahead of the bell on Tuesday as market participants braced for more corporate earnings.
Investors' attention on Tuesday would be mainly on Asia.
European shares moved a tad higher on Monday albeit on thin trading volumes due to the Martin Luther King Jr Day holiday in the US.
London stocks managed a positive finish on Monday, almost touching its record high, although the session remained quiet on a global basis as US markets were closed for Martin Luther King day.
Induction Healthcare revealed on Monday that chairman Christopher Samler had acquired 266,667 ordinary shares in the AIM-listed digital health platform operator.
Analysts at RBC Capital Markets downgraded industrial valve manufacturer Rotork from 'outperform' to 'sector perform' on Monday, citing "reduced upside".
Poolbeg Pharma announced the strategic expansion of ‘POLB 001’ into oncology on Monday.
Quadrise Fuels International updated the market on its current projects on Monday, reporting that in Morocco, after its previously-reported delays, the ‘bioMSAR’ fuel arrived at the client site in December.
Tertiary Minerals announced on Monday that its local partner and licence holder Mwashia Resources had now received approval of its environmental project brief (EPB) from the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) for the Mushima North Copper Projects.
Clontarf Energy has raised £1. 3m before expenses, it announced on Monday, to advance its lithium and petroleum projects.
Energy, medical and industrial technology developer Avingtrans said in an update on Monday that trading in the first six months of its financial year was in line with market expectations.
Solid-state battery technology developer Ilika has broadened its relationship with Cirtec Medical, it announced on Monday, through a memorandum of understanding outlining the transfer of ‘Stereax’ millimetre-scale battery manufacturing to Cirtec's facility in Lowell, Massachusetts.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 2% at 7,862. 51 in afternoon trade on Monday.
Audio-visual specialist MediaZest announced the incorporation of a new wholly-owned European Union subsidiary on Monday, based in the Netherlands.
FTSE 250: 20,057. 97 +0. 53% at 1542.
Subsea equipment rental specialist Ashtead Technology said in an update on Monday that the “strong performance” it reported in the first half and third quarter of 2022 continued into the final quarter of the year, as it benefited from the breadth of its asset base and service offering, and high levels of activity across both the offshore wind and oil and gas markets.
PetroTal announced a fully-funded 2023 capital investment programme of $125m on Monday, that it said was expected to generate “significant” after-tax, pre debt-service free cash flow of $55m during the year.
Microsoft is reportedly likely to receive an EU antitrust warning about its $69bn bid for "Call of Duty" maker Activision Blizzard that could pose another challenge to completing the deal.
Indonesian palm oil producer MP Evans said in an update on Monday that crop and production increased again in 2022, as its oil palm estates continued to mature and yields rose.
Compound semiconductor wafer and advanced materials supplier IQE said in an update on Monday that reported revenue for 2022 was expected to be around 8% higher than the prior year’s £154m, subject to its external audit.
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