European markets finished trading mixed. London's FTSE index was down 35.2 points, or 0.89%, to 3,936.4, amid speculation that the Monetary Policy Committee would cut rates at its next meeting.
In Paris, the CAC-40 index rose 3.94 points, or 0.14%, to 2,881.2. In Frankfurt, the DAX index decreased 11.68 points, or 0.41%, to 2,827.25.
In Asia, stocks finished mixed. Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 40.97 points, or 0.51%, to 8,018.51. Major bank stocks rebounded, while some exporters and blue-chip stocks fell on economic worries. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index increased 9.4 points, or 0.1%, to 9,059.8.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX dipped 5.71 points, or 0.08%, to 6,725.40.