The FTSE 100 is largely flat this morning, with a slight fall on the open swiftly stopped in its tracks.
Traders are awaiting a host of political gamechangers, from signs of white smoke on a Brexit deal to progress on a US stimulus package.
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Neither, alas, seems imminent.
The FTSE 250 was down 0.11 per cent half an hour into trading.
European stocks cooled slightly after closing at their highest point since February yesterday.
The Dax is down 0.16 per cent while the CAC 40 has dropped a little more at 0.24 per cent.
Interactive Investors’ Head of Markets Richard Hunter said that “overarching concerns around Brexit and the pandemic continue to cast a shadow on sentiment” across UK stocks.