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Britain and the EU are about to seal a Brexit divorce agreement as Theresa May travels to Brussels with possible solutions in sight to the two biggest political obstacles to opening trade talks.
Northern Ireland and the future role of European courts in Britain are the most sensitive issues that still need to be supported in a joint draft text that the UK Prime Minister intends to close on Monday with Europeans Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the Commission.
The last-minute objections of the unionist politicians of Northern Ireland in Belfast or London are now the main reason for breaking the agreement.
Asian and Pacific shares were mixed on Monday as the main technology stocks in the region mostly shaken an initial drop, while Australian miners enjoyed a boost to commodity prices. Regional currencies lost ground as the US dollar was firmer and oil fell.
Futures point to the FTSE 100 to open 0.7 percent in the open, while the S & P 500 will rise 0.6 percent when trading starts in New York.
Corporate earnings reports today include Aberdeen Asset Management GW Pharmaceuticals Avanza Bank Moscow Exchange and Neopost .
Friday's economic calendar has a bit of festive spirit about it (every time in London):
- 7.00: Turkish consumer price index
- 9.30: Purchasing managers' index of construction of the United Kingdom Markit-CIPS
- 10.00: producer price index for the euro area
- 10.00: Greece's third quarter gross domestic product (provisional)