Europe markets ended mixed on Wednesday ahead of the 25-basis-point rate cut by the U.S. Fed. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index closed higher by 52.20 points, or 0.94%, to 5,607.90. In Germany, the DAX Index fell 14.69 points, or 0.25%, to 5,833.10. In France, the CAC 40 fell 33.01 points, or 0.65%, to 5,057.72.
Asia stocks finished mixed as investors anticipated the size of the Fed's rate cut. Japan's Nikkei index shed 149.84 points, or 1.15%, to 12,828.98. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index added 42.24 points, or 0.33%, to 13,004.21.