European markets are expected to open higher on Monday, with the markets set for a busy week of economic data both in the euro-zone area and the U.S. which should paint a clearer picture on economic growth. On European exchanges the FTSE 100 is expected to open 15 points higher, the German DAX around 24 points higher and the French CAC around 12 points higher.
In Asia the Topix gained 0.8 percent to close at 1,262.56, bringing its June advance to 5.1 percent. The Nikkei 225 added 0.4 percent to 15,162.10. The yen gained 0.1 percent to 101.31 per dollar after touching the strongest level since May 21.