Canadian stocks fell amid worries over fourth-quarter earnings. The benchmark TSE index, led by tech stocks, slipped to 7,559.30, down 23.55 points, or 0.31%.
Asian markets ended sharply lower on Tuesday. Japan's Nikkei dropped 229.27 points, or 2.23%, 10,050.98 as weakness in the yen along with downgrades of about 10 banks torpedoed stocks. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 202.56 points, or 1.84%, to 10,797.69.