European markets were trading higher. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index closed up 49.70 points, or 0.80%, at 6,264.40 following reports that U.K. manufacturing confidence rose to a 9-month high and exporter confidence rose for first time in a year. In Germany, the DAX Index ended 15.74 points, or 0.23%, at 6,706.67. Meanwhile, France's CAC 40 gained 60.59 points, or 1.04%, at 5,900.32.
Markets in Asia finished lower. After seven straight positive sessions, Japan's Nikkei ended down 91.08 points, or 0.65%, to close at 13,893.58, on profit-taking, continued bearish sentiment over the slightly stronger yen, political bumbling politicians and disappointing earnings from computer companies. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index finished with a loss of 55.06 points, or 0.34%, at 16,044.21on Tuesday. The Hong Kong market will be closed Jan. 24th through 26th for the Lunar New Year Holidays.