The London markets experienced a mixed opening with the FTSE 100 up by 7.8 points, or 0.12%, to 6711.3.
Capita Group saw the biggest early gains, up 21 points, or 2.86%, to 755p. Mining group Antofagasta’s shares looked healthy, up eight points, or 1.29%, to 627p, after optimism that commodity prices would remain high, and Rio Tinto also fared well, up 45 points, or 1.16%, to £39.31.
Compass Group followed with a gain of 3.75 points, or 1.02%, to 372.75p, and Shire was close behind, up by 12 points, or 1%, to £12.13.
However, early gains were offset by losses, including Tesco, which saw shares fall by 11.75, or 2.57%, to 445p, after worries that rising interest rates would affect consumer spending.
This was followed by Vodaphone, down 2.2 points, or 1.36%, to 159.8p, and the Daily Mail group, down 7.5 points, or 0.91%, to 815%.
The Dow Jones slipped slightly after a sluggish Monday, with no shares gaining by 1% or more.
Caterpillar came out on top with a rise of 0.91% to 81.85, and this was closely followed by Alcoa, up 0.67% to 41.88. Du Pont saw shares climb by 0.54% to 51.75, Exxon Mobil gained 0.49% to 86.36, and McDonalds shares rose by 0.44% to 52.4.
Some larger losses dragged the index down, with Honeywell performing worst, down 1.8% to 57.81. Procter & Gamble closely followed this, down 1.28% to 61.77, as did General Motors, down 1.04% to 34.3.
The Nikkei 225 made some slight gains, ending the day up by 14.09, or 0.08%, on 18,163.61.
Okuma Corp made the biggest gains, up 79 Yen, or 4.39%, to 1,879 Yen. Daiichi Sankyo followed this, up 4.35% to 3,360 Yen, and Bridgestone, up 3.24% to 2,550 Yen.
Meidensha made the biggest losses with shares dropping by 19 Yen, or 3.95%, to 462 Yen. T&D Holding made the second biggest loss, down by 340 Yen, or 3.93%, to 8,340 Yen, and Sompo followed this, down 3.09% to 1,538 Yen.
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