In London, stock markets closed the day down after news revealing a rise of UK inflation rates in December for the third month in a row.
The FTSE shed 22.8 points to 4823.9 points, afters the annual consumer-price inflation increased to 1.6%, from 1.5% in November, the National Office of Statistics announced, fuelling further speculation of a hike in the interest rate next month.
Supermarket giant Tesco also fell 9.50p to 313.75p, even though the firm recorded a 7.5% increase in sales over the Christmas period, because its performance had failed to impress analysts.
Catering firm, Compass Group shed 6.50p to 238.50p, after analysts dropped its share rating.
Cairn Energy, meanwhile, performed well, adding 52p or 4.7% to 1144p today along with Centrica which was also also up 3.75p to 234.75p.
In the US, the Dow Jones has started well, after a break from trading yesterday.
The benchmark index has added 48 points already to 10606 points, buoyed by rising prices in crude oil.
Hewlett-Packard leads the charge up $0.47 to $20.54 while 3M company, meanwhile, has shed $1.68 to $82.29.IFAonline
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