European markets closer marginally higher today although two European merger and acquisition deals fell through.

In London the FTSE added 0.13% to 7,253, while none of the major euro zone markets fell.

The CAC in Paris ended flat at 4,845, and in Frankfurt the DAX rose 0.14% to 11,828.

In Dublin the ISEQ gained 0.67% to 6,528.

In the US, Wall Street has drifted lower today, starting the week in negative territory after the Dow's record streak of all-time highs.

Trading got under way with investors awaiting any specifics on fiscal stimulus and tax cuts in President Donald Trump address to a joint session of Congress tomorrow.

Shortly before 7pm the Dow was flat at 20,822, while the Nasdaq had fallen 0.01% to 5,844.

Earlier in Asian trade, Tokyo stocks fell as a stronger yen discouraged investors already cautious ahead of US President Donald Trump's policy speech to Congress. The Nikkei 225 index dropped 176 points (0.9%) to close at 19,107, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index also closed weaker, losing 41 points (0.17%) to finish at 23,925.