Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 24.73 points, or 0.37%, to 6,640.61.
European markets fell. In London, the FTSE-100 index finished down 78.90 points, or 1.90%, to 4,075.40, amid news that house prices rose in November at the fastest pace in 13 years. Frankfurt's DAX index shed 99.71 points, or 2.95%, to 3,280.49, as businesses guide for a dismal year in 2003. The Paris CAC 40 index closed down 76.50 points, or 2.32%, to 3,222.26, as French consumer confidence remained unchanged in November.
In Asia, stocks ended with gains. Japan's Nikkei 225 Index closed up 30.64 points, or 0.33%, to 9,205.11, on mixed performance across sectors. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index added 21.85 points, or 0.21%, 10,227.01.