In London, markets fell slightly in early trading due to unease over US economic data, due to be released next week. The FTSE 100 was down 17.8 points, or 0.28%, to 6,297.4.
Kazakhmys shares made the biggest gains, up 25 points, or 1.92%, to £13.24, while Royal Dutch Shell ‘B’ shares climbed 23 points, or 1.19%, to £19.52. Royal Dutch Shell ‘A’ jumped 21 points, or 1.09%, to £19.42, BG Group added 6 points, or 0.77%, to 787.5p and Standard Life was up 2 points, or 0.66%, to 306p.
Hammerson shares fell 32 points, or 2.4%, to £13.02, Tate & Lyle dropped 13 points, or 2.3%, to 551p and Liberty International shares lost 25 points, or 2.09%, to £11.72.
Wall Street markets were closed on Monday due to the Labor Day holiday.
In Tokyo, trading was also cautious and the Nikkei 225 lost 104.46, or 0.6%, to 16,420.47.
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial, the third largest bank in Japan, lost 22,000 yen, or 2.4%, to 885,000, while Kansai Electric dropped 55 yen, or 2%, to 2,690.
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