In the UK the FTSE sits a point above the 5,000 mark after losing 23.60 points this morning, led by United Utilities.
United Utilities 'A' shares have lost 15.50p to 324.50p, following its confirmation of the 165p price for new shares being issued under its rights issue plan. United Utilities shares are down about 28.50p to 650.50p.
Search engine Yell Group meanwhile, continues to do well, adding 5.25p to 440.25p, along with WPP group, up 3p to 586.50p.
In Tokyo the Nikkei 225 Stock Average advanced 0.6% to 11,281.03 at its close early this morning, led again by a surge in chip shares.
Advantest, a manufacturer of equipment used to test computer-memory chips, advanced 1.4% to 8,110 yen, while NEC Electronics picked up 2.6% to 5,230 yen.
Exporters also gained, after the yen fell further against the dollar.
Digital camera maker Canon meanwhile, marched 1.9% higher to 5,940 yen, along with Honda Motors, up 1.9% to 5,340 yen.
In the US, after reaching close to 100 points in its morning session, the Dow Jones closed 16.04 points higher to 10483.07 points late last night, led by General Motors.
The car manufacturer added $0.31 to $30.73, after it announced it will axe at least 25,000 manufacturing jobs over three years, while closing assembly plants, as a result of increasing pressure from rival firms including Toyota.
Amex also advanced $0.53 to $54.67, while fast food chain McDonalds, shed $0.84 to $29.57.IFAonline
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