European share prices are higher in midday trading Tuesday.
London's Financial Times index is up 21 points at 5,311. The CAC-40 in Paris is 18 points higher at 4,475, and the DAX index in Frankfurt is up 21 points at 4,912.
The S&P futures contract is up about two points, indicating a slightly higher opening for U.S. stocks.
Tokyo's Nikkei index lost seven points to finish at 11,940. The Hang Sang in Hong Kong closed higher at 158 points at 15,137.
The price of gold in London is $431.85 an ounce, up 85 cents from late Monday. The dollar in London is mostly lower against other major currencies.