In European markets, London's FTSE 100 index ended the day up 6.2 points, or 0.16%, to 3,841.4. In Germany, Frankfurt's DAX Index fell 47.87 points, or 1.58% to 2,974.82. The Paris CAC 40 fell 23.18 points, or 0.75%, to 3,054.21. According to Economy.com, manufacturing in the euro zone remained weak in October. Industrial production contracted by 0.2% in October after it was flat in the previous month. The weak global economy and weak conditions in the euro zone itself, including structural problems, were to blame.
In Asia, stocks finished higher. In Japan, as the Nikkei 225 Index gained 43.56 points, or 0.52%, to 8,387. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index climbed 9.21 points, or 0.10%, to 9,557.