Western Europe – markets in quiet trading ahead of a spate of U.S. figures. After initial hesitation all indices in black albeit by small percentage. DTE shines after spectacular Q1 results, gaining over 4.2%. Insurance stocks shaky after Merrill Lynch cuts ratings on Allianz, Munich Re, Aviva and Prudential. ING falling after results which were better but failed to inspire interest. Ahold up nearly 3% as other executives of U.S. Foodservice quit.