FTSE 100 opens slightly down as polls narrow further ahead of the general election

LONDON — The FTSE 100 opened slightly down on Tuesday morning as polls showed Labour closing in further on the Conservatives as Thursday’s general election approaches.

Here is how it looks in early hours trading minutes of trading. The bourse was down 0.15% to trade at 7,514.7 points at 8.20 a.m. BST (3.20 a.m. ET):

The mood of investors appears relatively calm ahead of the election despite a Survation poll, published late on Monday evening, suggesting Labour are within one point of the Conservatives, introducing the prospect of a hung parliament or coalition government which could unsettle markets.

Traders do not appear to think that is a possibility, however.

Elsewhere the dollar and US crude oil prices fell overnight as the oil markets continue to battle with volatility.

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