DARK DAYS: A man is reflected on a stock index board in the Athens stock exchange lobby. The Greek bourse reopened with a drop of more than 22% after a five-week shutdown imposed by the country's debt crisis. (Aris Messinis, AFP)
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Europe's main stock markets have lifted, appearing to shrug off a plunge in Athens as Greek trading resumed after a five-week shutdown.
Gold has steadied not far above a 5-1/2-year low, struggling to scale higher at the start of the month after its deepest loss in two years in July.
Greek manufacturing activity in July plunged to the lowest level on records going back 16 years, due to a dive in new orders and a three-week bank shutdown.
China's factory activity has shrunk more than estimated in July, contracting by the most in two years as new orders fell, dashing hopes of a steadying economy.
Unless next week's payrolls report is an outlier, investors should expect a constant directionless market, keeping the S&P 500 trading in place for most of the year.
Asian markets have mostly fallen as China shares were dragged down by poor manufacturing figures and investors followed a drop on Wall Street.
Oil prices have fallen in Asia on persistent concerns about the global supply glut after OPEC's indication that it will not budge from its current lofty output levels.
As Croatia gears up for exploration of oil and gas in the Adriatic sea, green groups have raised concerns about the environment and economy of the tourism-dependant country.