European markets finished lower. The FTSE 100 in London ended down 22.10 points, or 0.42%, to 5,221.50, as Ericsson and Worldcom hit telecom and tech stocks. France's CAC 40 index fell 46.96 points, or 1.02%, to 4,559.46 amid an unsettling loss of Prime Minister Jospin in France's presidential election. Germany's DAX index lost 79.07 points, or 1.50%, to 5,205.48 after Germany's opposition parties scored a surprise landslide victory in a state election.
Asia stocks ended mixed. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index surged 209.63 points, or 1.82%, to 11,721.64. Hong Kong's Hang Seng stock index shed 112.76 points, or 1.00%, to 11,139.42.