European stocks were mixed. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index was down 8.10 points, or 0.16%, to 5,195.50, with little reaction to a report that said business investment fell 0.3% in the fourth quarter. In France, the CAC 40 added 39.71 points, or 0.87%, to 4,628.07. In Germany, the DAX Index jumped 73.21 points, or 1.38%, to 5,390.59, after the March read on the Ifo business confidence index showed a rise to 91.8 from 88.5 in February.
Asia markets ended lower. In Japan stocks fell 53.17 points, or 0.47%, to 11,207.92. The Nikkei fell for the fourth consecutive day following a poor showing in the U.S. stock market overnight on concerns over first-quarter earnings warnings. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dipped 49.72 points, or 0.46%, to 10,786.92.