Tech boom eases world stocks to two-and-a-half-month high, but Europe kept flat by Volkswagen and StanChart

A man walks past the London Stock Exchange in the City of London October 11, 2013. REUTERS/STEFAN WERMUTH

A 15-year high for tech stocks on the Nasdaq helped world shares to a 2-1/2 month peak on Tuesday, though more engine trouble for Volkswagen and a $5.1 billion cash call by Standard Chartered left Europe feeling flat.

Europe’s FTSEurofirst was pushed into the red by a 9 percent slump by Standard Chartered and 3 percent drop at VW leaving MSCI’s 45-country All World index struggling to stay in positive territory ahead of what was expected to be a lower start for Wall Street.

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