In the UK the FTSE 100 Index has declined for a second day, leaking a further 12.80 points to 5345.80 at its weekend close and led by Carnival.
The cruise liner Group tops the list for a second straight day falling 65p to 2886p on the back of record oil prices.Financial information service Reuters has declined 5.75p to 359p, while Aviva has retreated 8p to 636p. Despite a 21% increase in profit, the firm warns difficult conditions in the UK life and pensions market will hit margins.
On the upside, mobile firm O2 has climbed 4p higher to 149.5p, after analysts raised its stock to outperform from peer perform and looks positive for Q4 results.
The household cleaning products specialist, Reckitt Benckiser has picked up 40p to 1720p after analysts raised its share price target to 2,000p from 1,920p.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average has already given back its gains yesterday, down about 90 points to 10596.88 in its morning session.
Food chain McDonalds leads the New York benchmark, down $1.48 or 4% to 33.21p. The firm added as much as 6% yesterday.
Computer firm Intel has also slipped $0.55 to $26.28, after forecasting decline in quarterly revenue, while also receiving a stock downgrade.
Leading gains meanwhile, United Technologies has picked up $0.34 to $51.97.IFAonline
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