Sterling put in a mixed turn on key crosses Monday with this morning's weakness versus the US dollar recouped after worries about a second Scottish independence referendum stoked in the weekend press abated.
Britain's decision to leave the European Union is a factor in BMW's doubts over whether to make electrically-powered Minis in its Oxford factory.
Stocks in London ended Monday a little higher with gains among a resources-rich sweep of sectors beating falls in insurers and commercial property as the Tory rush to trigger Brexit hit another speed wobble in the form of Scottish indpendence.
US President Donald Trump plans to push ahead with a budget that includes a £54bn, or 9%, rise in spending on armed forces, with an equivalent cut for spending on domestic agencies.
Gold futures are a snip higher and sitting just below resistance as global markets anticipate US President Donald Trump's soapbox address to Congress on Tuesday, and also mull potential US Federal Reserve interest rate hikes this year.
Crude-oil futures are rising Friday as traders continue to express dissatisfaction at yet another rise in US inventories amid a long-running global glut of the black liquid.
The upcoming French presidential elections of 23 April and 7 May are a key concern for investors as jitters seeped further into European Markets at the end of the week.
Sales of new US single-family homes rose less than expected in January, according to official data released on Friday.