In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 index finished Friday's session lower by 155.07 points, or 1.97%, at 7,699.5. Sony's weak fiscal 2003 forecasts disappointed investors and sent the index to a fresh post-bubble low. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index lost 33.1 points, or 0.39%, to 8,409.01, as the SARS outbreak continued to weigh. Airline Cathay Pacific hit a 17-month low amid the continued plunge in travel.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 39.86 points, or 0.61%, to 6,521.69.