Canadian markets finished lower. Investors beat the TSE 300 composite index down 70.94 points, or 1.03%, to 6,825.40, on bad news from companies, weak U.S. economic data and worries about Argentina's debt. Tech, oil and metals stocks led the market's losses.
Asia's markets ended lower. Japan's Nikkei saw a third straight day of losses after record jobless numbers were released, while bank stocks took it on the chin. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index fell 99.49 points, or 0.94%, to 10,512.82. Canon topped the downturn in the sector, after forecasting a 14%decline in net profit for the year ending March 2002. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index lost 101.66 points, or 1.00%, to 10,076.43.