Overnight, the Nikkei 225 was up slightly by +0.02% at 14,314 while the Hang Seng sank -0.99% to 22,696.
A quiet morning for corporate news: in an interim for the half year up to 31 March, Brewin Dolphin says total managed funds increased to £28.1 billion (30 September 2012: £25.9 billion) with adjusted profit before tax coming in at £23.8 million (31 March 2012: £18.9 million), an increase of +25.9%.
There's total income £139.0 million (31 March 2012: £131.4 million) an increase of +5.8% with profit before tax of £6.9 million (31 March 2012: £12.3 million). The BD Board declares an interim dividend of 3.55p per share.
"We have announced," says chief exec David Nicol, "the intention to raise up to circa £40 million via a placing. The new capital will provide us with additional investment capacity, enabling us to accelerate the implementation of our on-going strategy."
It is anticipated four of the aircraft will be delivered to Thomas Cook in the first quarter of FY 2015, with the remaining two expected to be delivered in the second quarter of FY 2015.
Thomas Cook says it has entered into agreements to replace 23 of its existing with delivery of the first new A321, to be named Voyager Android, being taken later this week at the Airbus facility in Hamburg says the company, increasing its total fleet to 86.
Staying in the air, Cobham claims it has received a five year contract worth AUD $85 million from Ok Tedi Mining, Limited (OTML), extending the scope of its Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) aviation services to transport workers to the remote mines in Papua New Guinea through to 2019.
"This extension strengthens our 22-year relationship with OTML," says chief exec Bob Murphy, "and its operation in Papua New Guinea. We will also increase the number of aircraft we operate in the region from two to three Bombardier Dash 8 in early 2014, further enhancing our operations."
Last week Cobham was awarded a £165m five year contract from the MoD for essential operational readiness training.