Mark Carney speaks at lunchtime

The FTSE 100 is called to open flat to slightly lower this morning following the overnight performances on Wall Street and in Asia which saw the US Senate pass the proposed tax reforms but the bill is being sent back to the House of Representatives for a further vote before it can be signed off by President Trump.

The economic diary today sees the release of the CBI realised sales survey data and the Bank of England Governor Mark Carney up before the Treasury Select Committee at around 13:15

On the foreign exchanges, all the major currencies are within narrow trading ranges ahead of this UK data news and Mark Carney’s speech.

The pound may be in focus later as the Prime Minister is due to appear for the first time since the election before the Liaison Committee which comprises the Chairs of the various parliamentary committees with Brexit set to top the agenda.

Today’s key events are listed below:

11:00 UK CBI Realised Sales
1:15 UK Bank of England Governor Mark Carney Speech

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