Wall Street was pulled lower by a selloff in technology shares at the open on Tuesday, while investors awaited clues on interest rate hikes from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's talk in London.
has outlined clearly differentiated roles for the co-heads of its revamped investment bank to make it more efficient and is also creating a new global markets division.
UK shares drifted further on Tuesday from last week's record high, weighed down by weakness among mining stocks and ConvaTec, while British mid caps were also under pressure ahead of Thursday's general election.
After a knee-jerk reaction lower, West Texas Intermediate oil quickly recovered and extended gains in North American trade on Thursday, after data showed that oil supplies in the U.S. registered a much larger-than-expected inventory draw.
European shares fell slightly on Tuesday, with banks leading the decline on fresh political jitters and following a downgrade by a top global broker.
Oil prices fell sharply in North American trading on Thursday, erasing overnight gains following reports that global crude producers agreed to extend production cuts for an additional nine months, while ruling out deeper cuts.