HEAT IMPACT: Cows eat winter hay in central France as field and meadow grass have dried up following the June and July heat wave. (Philippe Desmazes, AFP PHOTO)
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Oil prices have extended their decline with no sign of an end to a global supply glut.
Wall Street stocks have withstood some prominent earnings disappointments and another bout of Chinese market volatility to finish higher.
The dollar has fallen against other major currencies after an extremely weak report on US worker pay has raised questions about Federal Reserve plans.
Furniture group Steinhoff will sell bonds worth $1bn convertible into stock to fund share buy backs, it says.
European equities have closed up, with London's FTSE 100 index gaining 0.41% to finish at 6 696.28 points.
US stocks have opened mixed after ExxonMobil and Chevron profits slumped on falling crude oil prices, dragging down the Dow, as investors digested a slew of corporate earnings reports.
European stocks have inched up at the start of trading following a healthy batch of growth data out of the United States and as investors await eurozone inflation.
The Dow has been dragged lower by weak Procter & Gamble results, but the Nasdaq gained as food giant Mondelez raised its forecast after better-than-expected earnings.