In the UK the FTSE 100 Index has declined for the first time in a week, down about 20 points this morning to 5307.90, led by BT Group.
The ordinary shares of the telephone incumbent have shed 6p to 223.50p, while water firm, Kelda Group has declined 18p to 685p.
On the winning end, mining stocks including Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton have increased, up 34p to 1949p and 13p to 823p respectively.
Antofagasta and Xstrata have also moved 18p and 15p higher to 1364p and 1228p.
In Tokyo the Nikkei 225 Stock Average reached a 15-month high, adding a further 0.4% to 11,981.80 at its close early this morning, paced by motor vehicle stocks.
Toyota picked up 0.7% to 4,280 yen despite posting a second quarterly profit decline, on the back of currency fluctuations.
Toyota, Nissan Motor and Honda Motor advanced 8% each in July with increased sales in the US. Honda advanced 1.9% to 5,900 yen, while Nissan added 0.8% to 1,176 yen.
Mazda meanwhile retreated 1.1% to 457 yen.
In the US the Dow Jones climbed 60.69 points to 10683.74 at its close late last night, led by Microsoft.
The computer giant added $0.89 or 3.5% to $26.81, along with Aluminium firm Alcoa climbing $0.85 to $28.76, after announcing its investment of about $330m at its Warrick Power Plant in Indiana, to increase environmental performance, increase power efficiency and lower costs.
Home Depot led fallers, losing $0.45 to $42.41, along with General Motors, down $0.33 to $36.53.IFAonline
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