Wall Street stocks closed lower on Monday as the previous week's strong jobs data dampened expectations that the Federal Reserve would cut interest rates by 50 basis points when rate-setters in the US next met at the end of July.
These were the movements in some of the most widely-followed 10-year sovereign bond yields:.
The focus on Tuesday will continue to be on the US jobs market and the country's central bank.
Commodity futures were little changed at the start of the week as traders paused ahead of a key speech from the US central bank head on Wednesday that might help to clear up some of the uncertainty around expectations for rate cuts by the Federal Reserve over the remainder of 2019.
Defensive and cyclical issues competed for the top rungs of the sector leaderboard at the start of the week, as investors returned from the long weekend in the States and debated the outlook for near-term easing by the US central bank and hence for stocks.
Stocks on the Continent dipped on the back of the better than expected US jobs report for June released during the previous session, which led economists to pare their bets for rate cuts by the Federal Reserve when rate-setters next met to decide on policy on 30-31 July.
Sterling was little changed at the start of the week, as Conservative party members began voting on 6 June to choose between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt as their next leader.
London stocks dipped on Monday as investors continued to mull last week's better-than-expected non-farm payrolls report and looked ahead to some key events later in the week.
Canaccord Genuity cut its stance on Hiscox, Beazley and Lancashire on Monday as it took a look at the UK insurance sector and said first-quarter commentary points to more challenges.
Xaar reported on Monday that trading remains in line with expectations, though it anticipates interim revenues will drop when compared to a year ago.
BP’s solar subsidiary Lightsource is conducting experiments with “bi-facial” panels to catch reflected light off the ground.
Donald Trump has warned Iran to “be careful” after the Islamic Republic threatened to enrich uranium to 20% purity after it breached the limits established by the 2015 nuclear deal during the previous week.
John Menzies revealed on Monday that Lakestreet Capital Partners AG, a group closely associated with non-executive director Christian Kappelhoff-Wulff, had acquired 60,000 ordinary shares in the aviation services holding company.
Wall Street stocks opened lower on Monday as the previous week's strong jobs data dampened expectations that the Federal Reserve would cut interest rates by 50 basis points when rate-setters in the US next met at the end of July.
Analysts at Canaccord Genuity lowered their target price on specialist alternative asset manager Mercia from 53p to 46p on Monday, but noted the group's "attractive" corporate structure still provided for a de-risked and complementary investment approach.
London's FTSE 250 was 0. 34% lower at 19,587. 77 in afternoon trade on Monday, with GVC Holdings leading the index lower.
Fund management and strategic investor group Braveheart has acquired a 33% holding in Pharm2Farm (P2F), a spin-out from Nottingham Trent University based in Nottingham, it announced on Monday.
Ladbrokes and Coral operator GVC Holdings insisted on Monday that it has no further links to the Turkish market following the sale of its business there back in 2017.
BlueRock Diamonds, which owns and operates the Kareevlei Diamond Mine in the Kimberley region of South Africa, announced its record production in its second quarter production update on Monday.
London's FTSE 100 was flat at 7,552. 38 in afternoon trade on Monday.