Market fears ahead of US opening

US - Nervousness over the resumption of trading on US stock markets later on Monday has prompted further slides in global share prices.

Asian stock markets closed steeply lower, with Japan's main share index setting another 17-year low.

And European stocks are trading weaker, although above early lows, with shares in technology firms leading the decline.

The dollar has also come under pressure yet again, losing against the world's key currencies.

The losses are being blamed on investor jitters