According to a poll of economists and investors carried by Reuters, the Bank of England should keep its rate at 5.25% on November 2. Investors also mainly expect that the BoE won’t start cutting rates before September 2024.

The FTSE was struggling for direction this morning, as Lloyds reiterated its full-year guidance in its earnings report for the third quarter. For the first nine months of the year, its profit jumped 46% to £4.3 billion.

Lloyds Bank also said it believes that Britain will avoid a recession, growing by 0.4% this year and by 0.5% the next.

Reckitt Benckiser fell 4% despite launching a £1 billion share buyback and highlighting "strong cashflows and a healthy balance sheet".

Overnight, Microsoft posted strong results, with revenues up 13% to $56.5 billion. Meanwhile, Alphabet posted lower-than-expected cloud division revenues and fell 6%.

Things to read today:

Rift at Top Exposes EU Struggle to Keep Pace With Global Powers (Bloomberg)

G.O.P. Nominates Mike Johnson for Speaker After Spurning Emmer (NYTimes)