European markets finished down. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index shed 55 points, or 1.05%, to 5,178.60. Brent crude oil prices, meanwhile, were higher. In France, the CAC 40 was off 83.82 points, or 1.86%, to 4,431.88. In Germany, the DAX Index was lower by 74.96 points, or 1.47%, to 5,185.57.
Asia markets ended mixed. The Nikkei managed to add 17.40 points, or 0.15%, to 11,6352.89, as new investment capital at the beginning of the new fiscal year flowed into market heavyweight telecom and bank shares. In Hong Kong, the market lost 107.69 points, or 0.99%, to 10723.68.