Fast Europe Open: Lords vote on Brexit bill changes, UK house prices

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The House of Lords is to vote on further amendments to the government’s Brexit legislation today, including one giving parliament a “meaningful” vote on the final terms of Britain’s exit from the EU.

Markets’ lead-in from Asia is mixed. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index closed up 0.3 per cent after the country’s central bank held interest rates at 1.5 per cent. In Hong Kong the Hang Seng index is up 0.4 per cent while the Shanghai Composite index and Japan’s Topix index are both flat.

Futures tip the FTSE 100 to open up 0.2 per cent, while on Wall Street the S&P 500 is expected to open flat.

For the corporate calendar today we have a 07.00 flurry from Just Eat, Paddy Power, Worldpay, Agrekko, Direct Line, Shawbrook and Ashtead. The economic calendar is somewhat less front-loaded (all times London):

  • 07.00 Germany factory orders
  • 08.00 Switzerland foreign currency reserves
  • 08.30 Halifax house prices
  • 10.00 Eurozone GDP
  • 10.00 OECD Interim Economic Outlook
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