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Stocks were trading slightly higher across the Continent early on Tuesday ahead of a barrage of economic data due out later in the session on both side of the Atlantic, alongside corporate updates from several US heavyweights.
Commodities were unwanted at the start of the week, led by a drop in energy futures as hurricane Barry moved inland from the Gulf of Mexico and amid GDP data in China showing that the economy slowed to a year-on-year pace of 6. 2% over the three months to June - its slowest clip since 1992 - after expanding by 6. 4% in the first quarter.
These were the movements in some of the most widely-followed 10-year sovereign bond yields:.
Miners and industrial metals names paced gains at the start of the week, boosted by a slate of solid economic data out China referencing the month of June.
The market spotlight on Tuesday will shift towards the US, with a barrage of economic and corporate reports scheduled for release.
Stocks on the Continent overcame early selling, helped by solid readings on Chinese economic activity in June, after Germany's ministry of Economics warned of softness ahead in the country's services sector.
London stocks ticked higher on Monday as investors mulled mixed Chinese economic data and the start of the US second quarter earnings season as banking giant delivered a solid score card for the three months to June.
Analysts at JP Morgan reiterated their 'overweight' stance on shares of software maker Sophos, telling clients that the reacceleration in billings over the first quarter of the new fiscal year supported confidence in the medium-term thesis for the stock.
Factory sector activity in the New York area picked up a tad more quickly than expected in July, following a sharp drop during the previous month, according to the results of a closely-followed survey.
Markets' focus over the coming week will be on the US corporate results season.
Stocks on the Continent are trading on a slightly mixed note at the start of the week, with a warning of softness ahead in services sector activity from the German ministry of Economics dampening investor sentiment.
Gilead Sciences will pay over $5. 0bn for the exclusive licence and options rights to Belgian-Dutch biotechnology outfit Galapagos's entire pipeline of potential drugs outside of Europe.
Stocks finished the session on a mixed note amid speculation that the European Central Bank could yet take a little longer before easing policy further.
London's top-flight index was dragged lower by continued strength in Sterling at the end of the week, albeit only marginally, amid building expectations for rate cut across the Pond, even as Wall Street's main market gauges nudged higher into record territory.
A top US central bank official said that two interest rate cuts would be consistent with the monetary authority's price stability mandate.
Homebuilders' shares including those of Persimmon, Barratt Developments, Taylor Wimpey and Berkeley Group were all near the top of the leaderboard, helped by the recent rebound in sentiment towards the sector.
Wholesale price inflation in the States was a tad more muted than anticipated last month with core prices holding steady for a third consecutive month.
Standard&Poor's raised the outlook on oil major BP's long-term A- debt rating from 'neutral' to 'positive', labelling its operating performance "robust" and arguing it would allow the outfit to absorb the impact of its acquisition of some of BHP's assets "without material deterioration in credit metrics".
A top White House official said at the end of the week that the trade talks between Washington and Beijing had entered a "quiet period" and not to believe reports in either country's press, dismissing them both as "garbage".
Analysts at Morgan Stanley sounded an upbeat note on Hurricane Energy's shares a day after the oil explorer told shareholders present at its Capital Markets Day that the so-called early production system at the Lancaster field was performing ahead of expectations.