Fast Europe Open: UK unemployment, eurozone industrial production

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“I love it”.

Emails released by Donald Trump Jr show he enthusiastically responded to an offer of information that could hurt Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign purportedly provided by a Russian government official.

Mr Trump Jr was told in an email from music industry PR executive Robert Goldstone in June last year, during his father’s presidential campaign, that two Russian businessmen were willing to share “incriminating” information relating to Mrs Clinton. The information was obtained from the top prosecutor in Russia, Mr Goldstone claimed. “If it’s what you say I love it,” came Mr Trump Jr’s reply.

In markets, Asia Pacific equities were mixed with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index up 0.8 per cent heading for its best week since mid-March. Japan’s Topix was down 0.5 per cent while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was off 1 per cent.

Futures tip the FTSE 100 to open up 0.4 per cent while the S&P 500 is set to open flat later in New York.

Corporate earnings include Burberry, Barrett, Robert Walters, Wetherspoons and Microfocus. The economic calendar is on the lighter side (all times London):

  • 09.30: UK unemployment
  • 10.00: eurozone industrial production
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