Stock markets in Europe ended lower after U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill said on Thursday he was mystified that Europeans believe their growth will not be affected by the U.S. economy. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index finished up 8.20 points, or 0.14%, to 5,879.80. In Germany, the DAX Index ended off 53.94 points, or 0.87%, at 6,127.97. In France, the CAC 40 finished down 30.71 points, or 0.56%, to 5,449.34.
Asian markets ended lower. In Tokyo, the Nikkei fell 102.61 points, or 0.74%, to 102.61. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng lost 100.82 points, or 0.74%, to end at 13,448.13.