US stocks kicked off the month of October in style, with all three of the main indices notching record high closes on the back of upbeat manufacturing data.
Europe's main stockmarkets ended the session higher with the notable exception of Spain's Ibex 35 following the violence-marred illegal referendum held in Catalonia at the weekend, as the region's leaders chose the path of provocation even after the courts had ruled it was unconstitutional.
A gunman killed 58 people and injured 200 more injured at an open-air country music festival at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the Las Vegas strip, in one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history.
Wall Street has started the third quarter on the front foot in the wake of a strong reading on US factory sector activity, albeit amid weakness in oil futures as the Greenback extends its recent rebound.
Donald Trump addressed the media from the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House on Monday after having been briefed on Sunday evening's shooting in Las Vegas that claimed the lives of more than 50 people, leaving a further 400 wounded.
Growth in the US economy's manufacturing sector unexpectedly improved in September, according to data from the US Institute for Supply Management.
Jo Bertram has stood down from her role as head of operations for ride-hailing app Uber in northern Europe as the company's global chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, arrived in London in order to plead his case to Transport for London for the reinstatement of the firm's licence in the capital.
Manufacturing activity in the US grew a little more than initially estimated in September, according to figures released on Monday.
Going into the end of the year, banks and cyclicals are the best place to be as an investor, according to strategists at JP Morgan.
Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire has criticised the decision to slap a 220% trade tariff on planemaker Bombardier after action taken by rival Boeing last week.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced on Saturday that the White House had been in direct contact with North Korean officials to discuss the rogue nation's nuclear programme.
The European Commission has sided with Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy in the fallout related to Catalonia's tumultuous independence referendum, backing his claim that the vote was illegal but also calling for dialogue between Madrid and Barcelona.
Markets in Asia finished higher on Monday, at the start of a quiet week for the region with a number of stock exchanges set to close for holidays.
US stocks looked set to nudge a touch higher at the open on Monday as investors eyed some key manufacturing data.
Norwegian aluminium and renewable energy firm Norsk Hydro announced on Monday that it had completed its acquisition of fellow Oslo-based group Sapa by way of an NOK 11. 86bn cash payment.
The unemployment rate in the eurozone was steady in August, according to the latest data from Eurostat.
On Monday, JP Morgan Cazenove said that as a result of Ryanair's decision to cancel more than 50 flights per day on 17 September the investment bank had cut the low-cost carrier's net income estimates for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 by 5%.