Overnight, the Nikkei is down -0.23% at 14,023 while the Hang Seng is up +1.78% at 20,506.
A quiet day for corporate numbers. First, a trading update from construction company Galliford Try. Galliford is claiming record full year results with a record total landbank of 11,300 plots up +8% (30 June 2012: 10,500 plots) married to a £313 million year end sales, up +15% (2012: £273 million).
Average private sales prices climb +5% to £262,000 (2012: £250,000), it says. Debt is cut - less than £20 million at 30 June 2013. (31 December 2012: net debt £58 million and 30 June 2012: net cash £23 million).
"With modest net debt, a record landbank and year end carry forward position in housebuilding and a stable order book with good visibility of work in construction, we start the year in an encouraging position," says Greg Fitzgerald, chief exec.
Revenue growth for the fourth quarter was dampened by "the annualisation of extremely favourable weather conditions in the equivalent period of the previous financial year," where like-for-like revenues grew +10.4%. Total revenue grew by +6.4%, with a 2.8% decline in like-for-like revenues.
Chief exec Nick Wharton says there has been an improvement in margin management. "We completed the financial year with a solid trading performance in the final quarter and as a consequence, the Board anticipates that profit before tax for the year will be approximately £108m."
Lastly, new EasyJet stats for June. There was an overall +1.9% climb in passenger numbers to 5,537,275 but with no change to the load factor, at 88.9%.
"EasyJet cancelled 585 flights in June 2013 compared to the 22 flights cancelled in June 2012," said the company in a statement. "The increase in cancellations was predominantly driven by the French Air Traffic Control strike from 11-13 June 2013."
Easyjet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou recently voted against the budget airline's proposal to buy 135 Airbus planes. Stelios retains a 37% stake in the airline.