European markets finished mixed. On the heels of U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair's landslide re-election win, London's Financial Times 100 index ended up 2.30 points, or 0.04%, to 5,950.60. In Euroland, the European Central Bank left rates unchanged as the bank remains worried about inflation. France's CAC 40 Index finished off 13.46 points, or 0.25%, to 5,439.93. In Germany, the DAX Index finished down 2.96 points, or 0.05%, to 6,187.21.
Asian markets ended higher. In Tokyo, the Nikkei closed up 152.71 points, or 1.15%, to close at 13,430.22, fueled, in part, by Intel's suggestion of stability in the chip business. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng gained 105.46 points, or 0.77%, to close at 13,808.89.