European markets finished mixed. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index added 31 points, or 0.77%, to 4,075.50, as UK construction index edged up to 54.7 in July from 54.3 in June.
In France, the CAC 40 was up 4.66 points, or 0.14%, to 3,245.37.
And in Germany, the DAX Index was down 73.96 points, or 2.05%, to 3,532.49. Recent weaker than expected economic reports from the U.S. are raising concerns of global economic slowdown.
In Asia, the markets finished lower. The Nikkei was down 83.85 points, or 0.86%, to 9,709.66, on worries about the U.S. economy.
In Hong Kong, the market lost 188.30 points, or 1.85%, to 9,991.72.