European markets finished lower. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index was down 26.80 points, or 0.51%, to 5,258.90. The biggest contributors to the FTSE weakness included Vodafone, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, HBSC Holdings and Royal Bank of Scotland. In France, the CAC 40 lost 42.36 points, or 0.92%, to 4,586.75. And in Germany, the DAX Index was lower by 18.88 points, or 0.35%, to 5,340.67. Among the losers were Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, Infineon and SAP.
Asia markets ended higher. The Nikkei was off 33.51 points, or 0.28%, to 11,919.30, which was supported by growing optimism over a U.S. economic recovery. Also aiding sentiment was a shift in foreign investment capital back into Japan, and technical buy-backs related to new restrictions on short sales. In Hong Kong, the market added 85.64 points, or 0.76%, to 11,318.87.