Shares, stocks and corporate news: What you need to know before the open

Helen Cahill
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Today's top story: Donald Trump is plotting a move to break up Wall Street banks

Today's leader: The EU's spin about May and Juncker's difficult dinner is calculated and heavy-handed

After a long rest over the weekend, today is set to be a busy one in the City, with plenty of earnings due and a key update on the UK's manufacturing industry.

On the corporate calendar, BP, Shire, and Aberdeen Asset Management, are all set to post earnings and there's a trading update from embattled housebuilder Bovis Homes.

Then, at 9:30am, markets will be looking to the UK's manufacturing data, following on from updates on the sector in France, Germany, Greece and the Eurozone.

Japan's Nikkei rose 0.67 per cent at time of writing to 19,435. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng was down 0.1 per cent to 24,590, and Australia's ASX 200 was down 0.33 per cent.

In Europe, the FTSE is expected to open up 0.32 per cent at 7,227. The Dax in Germany is expected to climb 0.18 per cent to 12,461 and in France the Cac is expected to rise 0.04 per cent to 5,270.

Corporate news​

  • Bovis Homes – the housebuilder said this morning that trading in the year to date was "in line with our expectations".
  • Just Eat's revenues were up by 40 per cent on a constant currency basis for the first quarter of 2017.
  • Aberdeen Asset Management said this morning that revenues increased 10.6 per cent for the six months to the end of March.


  • 08:50: France manufacturing PMI
  • 08:55: German manufacturing PMI
  • 09:00: Eurozone and Greece manufacturing PMI
  • 09:30: UK manufacturing PMI
  • 10:00: Eurozone unemployment rate

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