The Dow Jones finished -0.06% down at 15,238 while overnight the Nikkei 225 slipped -0.66% to 13,425.
We commence with final numbers from technology tools company Oxford Instruments for the year up to 31 March. Revenue climbs +4.8% on an organic constant currency basis with total revenues up +4.0% to £350.8m (2012: £337.3m)
Adjusted profit before tax is up +14.8% to £48.2m (2012: £42.0m) while adjusted operating profit margin increases to 14.2% (2012: 12.5%); adjusted earnings per share are up +10.9% to 68.3 pence (2012: 61.6 pence).
"Although the year," says chief exec Jonathan Flint, "has started slowly, we are focused on completing our 14 Cubed plan and delivering further progress in the years to come. Our R&D plan continues to deliver new products to the market which take market share from our competitors."
Next, a trading update from financial derivatives player IG Group. Fourth quarter revenues are expected to be +8% ahead of prior year with stronger H2 revenue and one-off items of £4m positively impacting on profit before tax.
"Following the reduction in operating costs in 2013, IG expects these to rise in 2014. The primary drivers here are the resetting of employee variable compensation into the new financial year, the impact of inflation on people costs, an increase in the FSCS levy and additional investment in growing the business."
Finally, Dialight. In a trading statement the LED tech company says that Lighting segment revenues will exceed the previously indicated growth of +50% compared to the first half of 2012 and expectations for the full year are that Lighting revenues will exceed +50% growth.
However, with the costs incurred in the expansion of investment in extra sales and production resources, group profits for the first half will be "adversely affected". As the Group's financial results have been weighted towards the second half, "some recovery...is anticipated."
"The Board continue to consider that the Group will deliver results broadly in line with expectations for the full year ending 31 December 2013," it adds. Half Year Results for the six month period ending 30 June 2013 will be published on 22 July.