In the UK the FTSE 100 Index continues its poor run, shedding a further 20 points this morning to 5272.50, led by Royal Dutch Shell.
The "A" ordinary shares of the firm have slipped 36p to 1847p on the back of waning crude prices, along with its "B" shares down 28p to 1782p.
Mining firm Antofagasta has also dropped 322p to 1382p, along with Xstrata falling 19p to 1272p.
On the winning side, Shire Pharmaceuticals has profited 25p or 4% to 664.5p on speculation that Barr Pharmaceuticals will agree to withdraw its patent challenge against hyperactivity treatment Adderall XR, Shire's best-selling drug.
Royal Bank of Scotland meanwhile, has picked up 33p to 1640p, after announcing it is part of a consortium planning to purchase a 10% stake in Bank of China for $3.1b. Royal Bank of Scotland said it will invest $1.6b.
In Japan the Nikkei 225 Stock Average advanced 0.3% to 12,307.37 at its close early this morning, led by exporters including Toyota after a report indicated increased buying by overseas investors, while oil prices fell.
Car msnufacturer Toyota, picked up 0.9% to 4,390 yen, along with copier maker Canon adding 1.3% to 5,520 yen.
Fuji Photo Film advanced 1.9% to 3,700 yen, while Matsushita Electric Industrial added 2.6% to 1,926 yen.
Crude oil for September dropped 4.3% to $63.25 a barrel on the New York.
Japan imports nearly all of its oil so as a result, energy-related shares including Teikoku Oil dropped 3.2% to 904 yen, along with Inpex Corp losing 1.8% to 815,000 yen.
Broadcaster TV Tokyo Corp meanwhile surged 9.4% to 3,620 yen, after reports Livedoor President Takafumi Horie has acquired a stake falling just under 5% in the company.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 37.26 points to 10550.71 led by Hewlett-Packard.
The computer firm climbed as much as $3.12 or 13% to $26.82, after reporting fiscal third-quarter profit earnings well above analyst’s forecasts.
Fast food chain McDonalds picked up $0.70 to $33.87.
On the losing end oil firm Exxon Mobil declined $0.89 to $58.18, while aluminium firm Alcoa retreated $0.43 to $28.39.IFAonline
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