In Paris, the CAC 40 was down 2.96 points, or 0.09%, to 3,415.19. Germany's DAX index lost 20.18 points, or 0.54%, to 3,712.98 as the European Union allows Germany and France to exceed deficit limits. The OECD says they'll exceed limits in 2005 also.
Asian markets finished higher Wednesday. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index gained 184.63 points, or 1.85%, to close at 10,144.83. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index rose 78.60 points, or 0.65%, to 12,086.67.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 38.05 points, or 0.49%, to 7,860.39.