In the UK the FTSE 100 Index has shed about 7 points to 4,857.70 points this morning, led by WPP group.
The advertising company has shed 12.50p to 588p, after analysts announced its shares to be ‘overweight’.
Reuters Group is also down 6.75p to 410.25p.
Leading gains, engineering firm Smiths Group has picked up 25.50p to 870p this morning.
British American Tobacco is also up 19p to 982.50p.
The Nikkei 225 Stock Average shed 0.3% to 11,035.83 at its close early this morning, led by Sony.
The global brand has dropped 2.3% to 3,900 yen after a report that its profits will fall from last year's figure. Sony announces results tomorrow.
Car manufacturer Honda also lost 1.5% to 5,190 yen, while Hino, half owned by Toyota recorded a 48% drop in full year profit, thereby shedding 1.1% to 627 yen, with Toyota down 0.3% to 3,860 yen.
West Japan Railway retreated for a second day, down 1.8% to 393,000 yen, after one of its trains crashed in Japan's worst rail accident in 42 years. Analysts cut its share price following a 3.6% drop yesterday.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 84.76 points to 10,242.47 points, led by Boeing.
The aviation company picked up $1.70 to $59.58, after Air Canada put in an order worth $6bn with Boeing for 32 wide-bodied jets.
American Express also added $1.16 to $50.97.
Eastman Kodak meanwhile continues its freefall, losing a further $0.72 to $26.83, after posting a $142m first quarter loss last week, subsequently leading analysts to dish out a rating of a "junk bond".IFAonline
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