In London, the markets fell in early trading as a series of company results were released; the FTSE 100 was down 16.8 points, or 0.25%, to 6,607.6.
Yell Group shares made the biggest gains after the company reported a 21% rise in earnings, up 11.25 points, or 2.4%, to 480.5p. Barclays shares added 11.5 points, or 1.56%, to 746.5p and Standard Chartered gained 20 points, or 1.21%, £16.77. Imperial Tobacco shares rose by 23 points, or 1%, to £23.18 and Man Group shares added 5.5 points, or 0.9%, to 615p.
These gains were offset by losses from Johnson Matthey, down 48 points, or 2.66%, to £17.54. Home Retail shares fell by 8.5 points, or 1.92%, to 433.25p, closely followed by Kingfisher, which saw shares lose 4.25 points, or 1.91%, to 218.25p.
On Wall Street, shares climbed on the back of strong corporate earnings and the Dow Jones was up 92.34 points, or 0.67%, to 13,943.42.
Merck made the biggest gains after quarterly earnings hit $1.68bn, up 3.31, or 6.75%, to 52.33. AT&T shares gained 0.97, or 2.48%, to 40.03, and Disney added 0.69, or 2.01%, to 35.03. Procter & Gamble followed close behind, up 1.19, or 1.91%, to 63.34, and Exxon Movil shares climbed 1.5, or 1.63%, to 93.44.
Gains were offset by some minor losses, including Alcoa, which dropped 0.63 points, or 1.46%, to 42.45. Caterpillar shares fell by 1.2, or 1.44%, to 82, and Home Depot shares lost 0.43, or 1.09%, to 38.96.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 was up after strong quarter reports, up 36 points, or 0.2%, to 18,002.03.
Toshiba shares climbed 0.5% to 1,160 yen after a 3% increase in earning was reported. Sony added 1.9% to 6,300 yen as the company was expected to release details of its first profit increase in four quarters.
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