European stock markets finished sharply lower Monday amid ongoing uncertainty about the global economy. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index shed 229.60 points, or 5.44%, to 3,994.50. France's CAC 40 fell 189.60 points, or 5.40%, to 3,323.74. Germany's DAX index lost 218.29 points, or 5.28%, to 3,912.51.
Asian markets ended lower. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index lost 226.30 points or 2.13%, to 10,375.15, as the strengthening of the Japanese yen against the U.S. dollar triggered further earnings fears over Japan's major plays. In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng index fell 66.64 points, or 0.63%, to close at 10,581.66.