In other news
German global banking giant Deutsche Bank's onslaught of legal disputes led to major setbacks and figures due out this Thursday are not expected to be very promising.
In a glow of bonhomie, US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a breakthrough on nuclear trade.
Zambia will maintain a mineral royalty tax despite fears it could lead to mine closures, President Edgar Lungu said as he was inaugurated in the nation's capital.
With oil prices tumbling, Britain's North Sea oilfields face a struggle for survival, threatening a vital source of income and energy.
Gary Cohn has urged the UK to stay within the European Union, warning, ahead of a May election, that an exit would put the capital's status as a major financial centre at risk.
US stocks have dropped modestly, pressured by some disappointing results from major multinational companies.
Russia may have to spend more than $40bn this year to avert a banking crisis, as the growing likelihood of a sharp recession looms.
Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras has dismissed suggestions that Athens has to complete a review of its international bailout by the end of next month.