US markets have continued to make gains overnight on the back of positive data on the job market.
First time applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest since September.
The Dow Jones closed up 0.69% at 16,010 points, gaining a total of 109 points over the day.
The S&P 500 closed up 0.81%, totalling a 14.48 increase, at 1,795 points.
However, UK exchanges have fallen since opening this morning, with positive news from the US failing to boost the UK market.
The FTSE 100 is down 7 points - 0.11% - at 6,674 points.
Elsewhere, the Hang Seng closed up 116 points at 23,696 points, a total of 0.49%. The Nikkei made gains too closing up 0.1% at 15, 381 points.
What made financial headlines over the weekend?
Q2 net sales dropped almost 50%
‘Important to have an anchor’
Lack of innovation for solutions