European markets ended on a down note. The London Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index finished off 27.50 poins, or 0.45%, at 6,060.60, after a gloomy earnings forecast that raises uncertainties about the overall economy. In Germany, the DAX Index ended down 62.95 points, or 0.98%, at 6,341.57, as DaimlerChrysler's forecast of slower sales heightens concerns about German economic growth this year. Meanwhile, France's CAC 40 ended off 9.84 points, or 0.17%, at 5,653.35.
In Asia, equity markets finished lower. Japan's Nikkei 225 Index closed off 177.86 points, or 1.31%, at 13,432.65. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index finished off 64.80 points, or 0.42%, at 15,435.79.