In the UK, the FTSE 100 was down slightly in early morning trading, down 19.1 points, or 0.29%, to 6,576.9.
Tesco regained some of the ground lost earlier in the week, up 6.75, or 1.6%, to 428.75p. British airways followed close behind, adding 6.25, or 1.47%, to 430.25p, and Pearson closely followed after it dropped plans to buy Dow Jones, down 11.5, or 1.39, to 836p. Morrison’s shares gained 4 points, or 1.39%, to 291p, and Unilever followed, up 20 points, or 1.3%, to £15.60.
Enterprise Inns made the biggest losses this morning, down 11 points, or 1.59%, to 681p. National Grid shares lost 11.5 points, or 1.57%, to 721p after a downgrade by Goldman Sachs. Schroders shares also fell, down 18 points, or 1.33%, to £13.34.
On Wall Street Dow Jones index finished the day on a high after reports showed a rise in manufacturing activity, up 56.42, or 0.42%, to 13,545.84.
Exxon Mobil made the largest gains, up 1.79% to 84.3, and this was closely followed by General Motors, up 1.75% to 35.96. Intel shares were up after brokers upgraded semi-conductor firms and gained 1.46% to 24.29. Boeing shares climbed 1.17% to 97.2 and Coca-Cola ended the day on 52.09, a 1.17% rise.
Some minor losses offset these gains with McDonalds seeing the biggest losses, down 0.51% to 51.07. Wal-Mart shares dropped by 0.41% to 48.39 and Honeywell lost 0.3% and ended the day on 56.38.
In Tokyo the Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 51.67, or 0.3%, to 18,188.63, the first decline for seven days.
Advantest cashed in on demand for computer chips, up 190 Yen, or 3.6%, to 5,490, as did Electron, which saw shares climb 170 Yen, or 1.9%, to 9,200.
Mitsubishi Estate, the second biggest property developer in Japan, lost 140 Yen, or 3.9%, to 3,410.
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