European equity markets traded cautiously Tuesday as investors await the start of polling in U.S. Presidential elections after one of the most contentious campaigns in recent history.
Britain's FTSE 100 index added around 27 points, or 0.4%, extending Monday's 90 point gain, and was quoted at around 6817 points at 10:55 GMT. Benchmarks in France and Germany were also showing little change from Monday's close, with the DAX performance index up 8 points and the CAC-40 up 10.7 points, or 0.23%.
With just hours to go before Americans begin voting for their 45th President, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is holding on to a narrow lead over her Republican rival, Donald Trump.
Forecasting website fivethirtyeight.com has pegged the chances of a Clinton victory at 72.2%, based on state-by-state projections for the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. Popular vote polling, however, has Clinton just a few points ahead of Trump, with RealClearPolitics putting her 3 points to the good.
The first state polls - in Indiana and Kentucky - will close at 6 pm Eastern time, or 11:00 pm GMT, with voting in California winding up at 11:00 pm Eastern time, meaning a closely-contested election may not provide a winner until the opening of European markets on Wednesday.
In London Tuesday, one of the more active shares was Marks & Spencer Plc (MAKSY) , which posted slightly better-than-expected profits for is third quarter and maintained its dividend payment Tuesday while revealing a £350 million group-wide restructuring plan.