In the UK the FTSE 100 Index has started positively, adding about 8 points to 5323.20 this morning, led by Barclays.
The high street bank has picked up 22p or 4% to 581p, after reporting a 9% increase in pre-tax profits to £2.69bn in the six months to 30 June, on the back of record results at Barclay's investment banking arm.
Barclays' investment banking unit, Barclays Capital, reported a 20% increase in profit to £703m, however, bad debts within its credit card business, Barclaycard sent profits 17% lower to £379m.
Fashion retailer Next, leads fallers, down 18p to 1553p, along with mining firm BHP Billiton, down 9p to 816p.
After an 11% decline yesterday, Amvescap has clawed back 9.25p to 378.5p, after Canada based mutual-fund company, CI Fund Management retracted its plans for a hostile takeover bid.
In Tokyo the Nikkei 225 Stock Average declined 1% to 11,766.48 at its close early this morning, as political concerns rock the country.
There is concern Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will call an election due to opposition within his own party on his plans to sell the nation's postal system.
The mobile provider DoCoMo shed 0.6% to 182,000 yen.
Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group dropped 1.2% to 943,000 yen, along with Mizuho Financial Group down 1.2% to 502,000 yen.
Car manufacturer Toyota also declined 1.9% to 4,170 yen, along with Honda losing 1.9% to 5,700 yen.
Home building firm, Haseko Corp meanwhile climbed 9.3% to 258 yen, after announcing plans to buy back a portion of preferred shares issued to banks in a debt-for-equity swap.
In the US the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 88 points to 10610.10 at its close late last night, led by Intel.
The computer form shed $0.63 to $27.01.
Home improvement retailer, Home Depot retreated $0.95 to $41.28.
Aluminium firm Alcoa dropped $0.60 to $28.10.
On the winning side, American Express advanced $0.37 to $55.85.IFAonline
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