In the UK the FTSE 100 Index climbed past the 5,300 mark again, adding 17.30 points to 5308.10 this morning, led by Alliance Unichem.
The pharmaceuticals firm has picked up 11.5p to 837p.
The ordinary "A" shares of Royal Dutch & Shell Group have advanced 21p to 1798p, while its "B" shares are up a penny to 89.25p.
In the losing column engineering firm, Smiths Group is down 21p to 933.5p, as traders pointed to an expected rise in exceptional charges, while business in the second half of the fiscal year ending July 31 was in line with forecasts, it said.
Waste management and energy services firm, Kelda Group has lost 6.5p to 705p.
In Tokyo the Nikkei 225 Stock Average retreated 0.1% to 11,940.20 at its close early this morning, paced by Olympus.
The digital camera maker slipped 2.9% to 2,200 yen, after reporting a 62% drop in first-quarter profit on the back of a drop in sales.
Soft-drink maker, Pokka cut its full-year net income forecast by as much as 78%, leading to a 6.6% decline to 536 yen.
Satellite television broadcaster Wowow dropped 4.7% to 382,000 yen, after lowering its fiscal first-half profit forecast by 26%, while Tokyo Broadcasting System lost 2.2% to 1,820 yen.
Oil firm, AOC Holdings meanwhile surged 5.6% to a record 1,891 yen, after the company raised its half- year net income forecast 56%.
Crude oil prices reached $62.30 a barrel in New York as the death of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd threw concern over the immediate future of the kingdom.
In the US the Dow Jones slipped for a fourth consecutive day, losing 17.76 points to 10623.15, led by Home Depot.
The home improvement retailer shed $0.65 to $42.86, while United Technologies declined $0.68 to $50.02.
On the winning end, computer giant Microsoft added $0.31 to $25.92.
Johnson & Johnson picked up $0.54 to $64.50.IFAonline
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