European shares were higher this morning, as positive earnings updates from Deutsche Post and Infineon were offset by caution ahead of a speech by US President Donald Trump that could offer clues about a trade deal with China.
London's FTSE index had gained 26 points (0.35%) to stand at 7,354 by 11.30am, while the Paris CAC was up 17 points (0.3%) to 5,910 and the Frankfurt DAX climbed 87 points (0.66%) to trade at 13,285.
Dublin's ISEQ index was also marginally higher, adding eight points (0.1%) to stand at 6,848. Shares in Glanbia were down 2.1% to €11.31 while Hibernia REIT slipped 1.8% to €1.40 after it published its half yearly results earlier this morning. But shares in Ryanair rose 1.4% to €14, while Smurfit Kappa gained 1% to trade at €31.64.
Earlier in Asian trade, Tokyo's Nikkei index gained 188 points (0.8%) to close at 23,520, boosted by a strong construction sector. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong closed 139 points (0.5%) higher to finish at 27,065, clawing back some of the hefty losses from the previous day but traders remained on edge as the city was hit by fresh protests that blocked key roads and shut businesses.
Wall Street was mostly lower last night, but Boeing's announcement on returning its 737 MAX to service after two deadly crashes provide a boost to the Dow.
The aviation giant said it still hopes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will allow it to resume MAX deliveries to airlines before the end of the year, and to approve the aircraft to begin flying in January.
Boeing shares jumped 4.6% and that helped the Dow Jones recover from early losses to end the day a fraction higher at 27,691. The broad-based S&P 500 also clawed back off the lows of the day but still closed down 0.2% at 3,017, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite index dropped 0.1% to finish at 8,464.