European share prices are slightly higher in midday trading Tuesday.
London's Financial Times index is up 17 points at 4,985.
The CAC-40 in Paris is 17 points higher at 4,044, and the DAX index in Frankfurt is up 15 points at 4,365. The S&P futures contract is up two points, indicating a slightly lower opening for U.S. stocks.
Tokyo's Nikkei index gained 40 points to finish at 11,781.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index 134 points to end at 14,061 The price of gold in London is 434 dollars, 65 cents an ounce, down one dollar, 73 cents from late Monday.
The dollar in London is higher against other major currencies.