1630:Close UK stocks finished the session slightly lower as investors tread cautiously ahead of a raft of important economic indicators which were still due out over the course of the week and Thursday's ECB policy meeting. Chief amongst the above is Friday's US non-farm payrolls report. Babcock led gains after announcing that the Cavendish Fluor consortium has been named as the preferred bidder for a multi-billion pound nuclear site de-commissioning contract. UK house prices rose by 0.6 per cent over the month in February. FTSE 100 down 17 to 6,598.
1505: In her speech this afternoon Fed Chair Janet Yellen has said that the "[Fed's] extraordinary commitment [to stimulus] is still needed and will be for some time". Most members on the FOMC also see the maximum rate of sustainable unemployment lying between 5.2 per cent and 5.6 per cent.
1445: MNI's regional Chicago manufacturing sector PMI slipped to a reading of 53.9 in March, from 59.8 in the month before (consensus: 58.5). FTSE 100 up 9 to 6,624.
1250: RBS is close to poaching Credit Suisse's Ewen Stevenson as its new finance director, Sky News reports citing unidentified insiders. FTSE 100 up 19 to 6,634.
1215: UK stocks have pared early gains but are still in positive territory ahead of what is set to be a decent start on Wall Street. Stock futures Stateside are showing gains of around 0.3 per cent for the three main indices ahead of the opening bell, with US markets due to open at 14:30 following this weekend's time change. Despite coming off its intraday high of 6,658.40 early on, the FTSE 100 is still up 13.53 points at 6,629.11 - it has not closed above this level since March 11th.
1104: Some market commentary is referencing an AFP report that Russian troops are gradually withdrawing from the Ukrainian border.
1036: Government will announce that it will award a seven billion pound contract for nuclear de-commissioning to the Fluor consortium, of which Babcock is a member, a report citing Reuters says.
1000: The Eurozone's consumer price index dipped to an 0.5 per cent year-on-year pace during the month of March, following a print of 0.7 per cent in the month before, according to Eurostat. That was a tenth of a percentage point less than what economists had been expecting. The 'core' rate fell to an 0.8 per cent year-on-year pace, from 1.0 per cent, as expected.
0930: Mortgage approvals in the UK decreased in February to 70,300 from 76,800 in the month before (consensus: 75,300). The money supply expanded at a 0.7 per cent month-on-month clip last month.
0840: UK Stocks have begun the morning trading modestly higher, despite an overnight in Chinese stocks and the price of copper. Shares of Resolution are in the lead early on, bouncing back from a sharp fall last Friday. Anglo American and Rio Tinto are higher, possibly benefiting from positive comments on them from Credit Suisse. Defensive issues such as Centrica and SSE are at the bottom of the pile. FTSE 100 up 27 to 6,642.