Stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic mostly softened today after a mixed session in Asia. 

Investors are harbouring growing doubts over the chances of success at US-China trade talks, dealers said.

In New York, the Dow Jones was 0.1% higher (34 points) just before lunchtime at 25,917. The Nasdaq was 0.3% (23 points) higher at 7,496 while the S&P500 was up 0.2% (6 points) at 2,782.

European stocks ended the day mostly lower. London's FTSE was 0.6% (40 points) lower at 7,179. The DAX in Frankfurt made a marginal gain of 10 points (0.1%) to finish at 11,309. The CAC was 8 points (0.2%) lower at 5,160.

In Dublin, the ISEQ ended the day with a gain of just 3 points (0.06%) at 5,980. Shares in Applegreen were 2.7% (16 cent) higher at €5.96. 

Kerry group shares were 2.5% (€2.30) lower at €89.20 after it warned about weakening consumer sentiment owing to Brexit uncertainty as the main risk to the outlook for the group this year.

Earlier in Asian trade, Tokyo's Nikkei index inched 21 points (0.1%) higher to finish at 21,303 on growing expectations the US and China can strike a deal ending their trade dispute as the two countries prepared to continue negotiations. But the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong fell 119 points (0.4%) to end at 28,228 as investors cautiously await the resumption of those trade talks.