While economic data from the Eurozone will provide direction, expect the U.S markets to influence following Monday’s holiday.
London’s top flight ended the day 68.28 points, or 0.91%, higher at 7,611.23 points.
Housebuilders are in the firing line as far as ministers are concerned and it is not hard to understand why. There are good moral reasons why the bill for cladding remediation should be paid by the builders responsible, rather than luckless leaseholders.
Unilever shares slumped Monday as the consumer products giant suggested it might increase its offer for GlaxoSmithKline's consumer health unit.
The 10 richest now have six times more wealth than the poorest 3.1 billion people, according to an Oxfam study.
Alan Jope was trying to stay upbeat. “I'm glad we were giving a good story over the weekend – and today,” the Unilever boss said, just after the company’s share price slumped at open before becoming the FTSE 100's biggest faller on Monday.
The online retail giant said it was working closely with Visa on a potential solution that will enable customers to continue using their Visa credit cards on Amazon.co.uk.
The FTSE has been the standout performer this year so far, up more than 2%, thanks to energy, basic resources, and banking stocks.
The potential tie-up would be one of the biggest takeovers in UK history.
By Geoffrey Smith