Today's Data / Events (GMT): 09:00 German Ifo Business Cimate Index: Potentially Bearish EUR -- Deterioration in PMI and current conditions of ZEW suggests weaker business confidence 13:30 US Core Durable Goods Orders (Dec): data has missed expectations for the last 5 readings by an average of -0.4% and missed in the last reading by -0.6% and there’s no reason to expect this reading to be any different [but unlikely to be released due to Govt shut-down] Earnings: AbbVie Inc, NextEra Energy Inc, Colgate-Palmolive Co., Ericsson, Givaudan AG, Telia, Hyundai Mobis.

European Opening Calls: European shares are called to open up, following on from Asia’s lead. The exception, yet again, being FTSE, called slightly lower.

"Stay wary, alert and very, very nimble…"