Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 22.41 points to 7,225.35.
European markets retreated amid continued weak performance in U.S. stocks and ongoing concerns about corporate profits and violence in the Mideast. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index closed down 72.10 points, or 1.55%, to 4,580.30. In France, the CAC 40 lost 103.51 points, or 2.63%, to 3,832.07. And in Germany, the DAX Index dropped 109.14 points, or 2.51%, to 4,245.68.
In Asia, the markets finished higher after sharp losses Wednesday. In Japan, the Nikkei added 136.80 points, or 1.31%, to close at 10,612.98. Tokyo stocks bounced back Thursday, led by bank shares, all on the heels of mushrooming technical buy-backs. Investors likely bought shares on dips after the Nikkei sunk to a four-month lows Wednesday.
In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng index added 81.30 points, or 0.76%, to close at 10,754.41.