Two people are understood to have been killed after Iranian security forces reportedly opened fire on anti-government demonstrators on Saturday as the largest protests seen in the country since 2009 continued for a third day.
The coming week will see many traders return to their terminals and swamped with work, as they try to get up to speed with events globally over the previous fortnight and gear-up for a week full of potentially market-moving data and events.
Asian stocks finished a stellar year on Friday, that saw them eclipse gains in the States and on the Continent, on a mixed note.
Provexis, the developer of a food additive to improve heart health, reported a larger loss for the first half of its financial year.
London-listed Metal Tiger said it has begun talks with the Thai government and potential new backers as it continued its dispute with Australian gold miner Kingsgate Consolidated ahead of a shareholder meeting in Sydney on 9 January.
US stocks were little changed in early trade in the final session of the year, although the Dow and the S&P 500 were hovering near record highs in holiday-thinned volumes.
US stocks looked set to hit fresh records on the last trading day of the year, with volumes likely to be extremely light.
European stocks are holding slightly lower on the last day of trading in 2017 as the bloc heads for its best stock market performance in four years, with another push higher for the single currency offsetting strength in miners and related stocks.
London stocks ended the year with a bang on Friday, pushing up to a fresh closing high, having risen around 8% since the start of 2017.
The latest DE Inflation Rate YoY Prel number has been released as 1.7%.