In the UK the FTSE 100 Index has added 7.40 points, or 0.1%, to 5460.50 led by O2 and Aberdeen Asset Management. Game Group fell.
O2 added 2p, or 1.3%, to 155p. The mobile-phone operator has raised its fiscal- year sales growth forecast for the fourth time in 14 months after adding subscribers and keeping existing ones for longer.
Aberdeen Asset Management has climbed 2.75p, or 2.6%, to 108.25p. The Scottish money manager which is buying the UK fund business of Deutsche Bank says funds under management increased 11% in the five months to 31 August on net inflows and market gains.
Game Group has lost 3.5p, or 4.1%, to 83p. Britain's largest video-games firm says its fiscal first-half loss has widened as prices of computer games have declined and consumer spending has waned.
In Japan, stock indexes declined from their highest in more than four years on concern recent share gains have outstripped companies' earnings prospects. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone and Toyota slid.
The Nikkei 225 Stock Average lost 0.6% to 13,310.04 at its close in Tokyo.
NTT, Japan's largest telephone company, fell 2.5% to 556,000 yen. The stock yesterday surged 8%, the biggest percentage gain in almost two years, after newspaper reports said it will combine businesses to cut costs. NTT said there was no truth to the report.
Toyota dropped 1.2% to 4,960 yen. The stock climbed above 5,000 yen for the first time in five years yesterday. TDK, Japan's largest maker of magnetic heads for disk drives, declined 2.1% to 8,250 yen. It was among 121 stocks that were ex-dividend today.
Nippon Steel rose 1.8% to 392 yen. JFE Holdings, Japan's second-largest steelmaker, gained 0.6% to 3,610 yen. .S. stocks rose slightly on Monday as a jump in oil prices sparked gains in energy shares including Exxon Mobil, while Boeing Co.
In the US, socks rose slightly yesterday as a jump in oil prices sparked gains in which rose 2.3% to $64.67 on news of a labor union pact, lifting the blue-chip Dow.
The Dow Jones industrial average subsequently closed up 24.04 points, or 0.23%, at 10,443.63.
But stocks ended well off the day's highs as uncertainty over damage to energy facilities by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina prompted a rally in crude prices. That limited gains in the broader market by renewing worry about the effect of high fuel costs on the economy.
Shares of manufacturers, which are sensitive to high energy costs, fell. Alcoa declined nearly 1% to $24.20 on the New York Stock Exchange.
US crude settled 2.5% higher at $65.82 a barrel after falling as low as $62.65 earlier. Rita was the second major hurricane to hit the Gulf of Mexico in less than four weeks. The hurricanes have shuttered production and caused supply shortages.IFAonline
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