Markets in Asia finished mixed on Monday, with Japanese shares taking a tumble on the back of a stronger yen.
London stocks were still in the red by midday on Monday as US President Trump's latest Twitter outburst knocked sentiment, while a disappointing update from Ryanair weighed on airlines.
London stocks fell in early trade on Monday, with sentiment taking a knock once again from comments by US President Donald Trump and airlines lower after disappointing results from Ryanair.
London stocks were set for a weaker open on Monday amid ongoing trade tensions following the G20 summit.
London stocks ended just a touch weaker on Friday, off earlier lows as investors took US President Trump's latest trade war rhetoric in their stride.
Most markets in Asia ended a turbulent session in the green on Friday, as traders digested rare criticism of the Federal Reserve from a sitting US president, and renminbi briefly touched a one-year low.
London stocks had taken a turn for the worse by midday on Friday as it emerged that Trump was ramping up his trade war rhetoric, although there was some good news in the form of improved UK public finances.
UK public finances continued to improve in June, with government borrowing falling to its lowest level since 2007 and potentially giving Chancellor Philip Hammond more room for manoeuvre in his autumn Budget.
London stocks unexpectedly tiptoed higher in early trade on Friday, ignoring a downbeat Wall Street finish overnight and a recuperating pound as comments from President Trump weighed on the dollar.
London stocks are expected to slide back again on Friday, mirroring a downbeat Wall Street finish overnight and a mixed Asian session, while the pound recuperates.