In London, markets rose as rumors spread of a takeover offer for Johnson Matthey, and the FTSE 100 added 52.4 points (0.83%) to 6,336.9.
Johnson Matthey shares gained 88 points (5.05%) on news of the potential offer, ending the day on £18.31. Shire shares added 40 points (3.54%) to £11.71.
Tullow Oil shares failed to recover from news that a Ugandan oil well is showing signs of depletion, down 20.5 points (3.15%) to 629.5p, while the Daily Mail dropped 9.75 points (1.97%) to 485.25p.
On Wall Street, markets fell in early trading despite renewed confidence in technology stocks, and the Dow Jones lost 23.65 (0.18%) to 13,183.62.
Microsoft shares made the biggest gains, up 0.5 (1.44%) to 35.29, while Du Pont added 0.59 (1.39%) to 43.17.
American Expresses shares fared badly, dropped 1.02 (1.96%) to 50.89, while JP Morgan Chase lost 0.58 (1.32%) to 43.40.
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