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This should be a positive start for the FTSE 100, which is poised to reverse yesterday’s losses at the open.

The blue chip index closed lower on Monday, dragged lower by oil prices as fresh lockdowns in Shanghai sparked fears over demand.

But hopes for progress in negotiations between Russia and Ukraine helped boost investor sentiment, with U.S. and Asian stocks rising overnight.

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What happened overnight

Asian stocks rose on Tuesday as falling oil prices and the prospect of further ceasefire talks between Russia and Ukraine helped sentiment.

Stocks rose in Japan and Hong Kong, but fell in China.

Japanese equities led Asian equities’ gains as the Bank of Japan defended its ultra-easy stance, while oil slid on fears of weaker demand from China as Shanghai pursued a “zero -Covid” by locking.

The Japanese Nikkei gained 0.91pc in early trading, while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan rose 0.64pc.

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