In the UK stocks have advanced in early trading moving the FTSE 100 up 5.1 points, or 0.1%, to 5270.3, as Hilton Group shares jumped after an undisclosed offer by Hilton Hotels.
Hilton Group, operator of the world's biggest chain of betting shops, has jumped 15% to 351p as it said it is considering an offer to buy its lodging unit. Reports suggest the purchase may be all cash and values the business at about £3.6bn.
Tate & Lyle, which runs the world's biggest sugar refinery, is the biggest faller this morning as it slipped 3% to 455p.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average lost 28.70 points, or 0.2%, to 13,420.54, paced by raw-materials suppliers including JFE Holdings after the price of oil slid and copper slumped. as demand from China declined.
JFE, Japan's second-largest steelmaker, lost 180 yen, or 4.8%, to 3,580, while Mitsui Mining & Smelting, Japan's largest maker of non-ferrous metals, fell 19 yen, or 3%, to 610.
Trading companies, Mitsui, the nation's No.2, lost 53 yen, or 3.6%, to 1,427 and Mitsubishi, the largest, declined 60 yen, or 2.7, to 2,165 after crude oil fell 1.6% to $63.08 a barrel.
Copper prices had the biggest two-day drop in eight weeks after the International Copper Study Group said China's demand in July fell 13% from the previous month bringing global usage to the lowest since April.
Among technology stocks, Tokyo Electron, the world's second-largest maker of chip-production equipment, gained 130 yen, or 2.2%, to 6,010, while Sony, the maker of the PSP portable game console, gained 50 yen, or 1.3%, to 3,810.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average inched down 0.32 of a point to close at 10,216.59, after sliding crude oil prices hit the energy sector.
Shares of Apple surged 9.1% to $53.74, a day after the computer company unveiled an iPod that plays video and surprised Wall Street by announcing a television distribution deal with Walt Disney. Disney shares also rose 0.4% to $23.43.
But Exxon Mobil and other energy shares pushed down the Dow after oil futures tumbled $1.04 to $63.08 a barrel. Exxon Mobil fell 1.3% to $58.16 and was among the heaviest drags on the index.
Other falling stocks included ConocoPhillips, which dropped 3.8%, or $2.42, to $61.05, while Chevron also slid 2.3%, or $1.42, at $59.54.
Among the Dow's advancing stocks, McDonald's rose 1.2% to $32.05, a day after the world's largest fast-food chain reported preliminary third-quarter results that topped Wall Street's forecasts.IFAonline
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