Japan's Nikkei index slid for the second day in a row on Tuesday, after weak economic data in the US made investors wary of taking on risk.
The FTSE 100 was lower once again during afternoon trading as the blue chip index continues to retreat from its recent peak above 6,800.
The US Federal Reserve surprised investors and sent shares soaring after it unexpectedly opted to hold back on any tapering of its stimulus last night.
Shares in Apple have plummeted more than 5% this afternoon, after a disappointing reception for the tech giant's two new iPhone models released last night.
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Markets climbed this afternoon following a worse-than-expected jobs update in the US, as investors anticipate the Fed will now have to delay QE tapering.
Markets around the world sold off overnight while oil continued to soar, as the prospect of military involvement in Syria's civil war grows.
Shares in the US closed sharply lower overnight, with some indices hit by the worst one-day percentage falls since late June, as positive jobs data sparked fears of an earlier move to taper QE than expected.
Japan's Nikkei has soared while the yen has tumbled against the dollar, amid speculation the government is considering a corporate tax cut.
The Federal Reserve has given little suggestion of a forthcoming slowdown in its quantitative easing programme despite economic data continuing to improve.
The Nikkei tumbled 3% on Friday to touch its lowest level for almost three weeks as the yen strengthened against the dollar.
Wall Street rallied at the start of the session today after non-farm payroll numbers from the US beat expectations.
Asian markets racked up further losses overnight as investors continued to fret over the prospect of the Federal Reserve reining in its aggressive quantitative easing programme.
US markets dipped at opening on Friday following worse-than-expected consumer spending, rounding off a down week which has seen some of the heat come out of equities.
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The Dow Jones index broke through the 15,000 point threshold for the first time ever on Tuesday.
Markets across the US closed up overnight as the more optimistic mood prevailed, while gold continued to recover from its recent savage fall.
Markets in the US and Asia moved lower overnight as expectations of a weak update from Apple hit technology shares, while tumbling commodity prices impacted mining stocks.
UK stock markets and their European counterparts continued to sell-off today as ongoing worries about global growth and a sharp fall in the US overnight weighed on sentiment.
The US' three major equity markets dropped overnight after a bomb blast at the Boston Marathon shook markets and weak data from China continued to weigh on stocks.
Asian markets rebounded strongly overnight, recovering from their worst one day falls since last July, as eurozone contagion fears receded following Cyprus' controversial bailout package.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average - one of the two most quoted indices in the US - has hit a record high above 14,200 points, surpassing its 2007 peak.
The UK's blue chip index is trading back near a five-year high this morning after a near 1% gain, as a bumper set of results lift shares.
US shares fell for the second day running overnight as investors continued to take profits after the recent run-up to multi-year highs.