Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 9.95 points, or 0.15%, to 6,587.25.
European markets traded higher Wednesday. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index finished up 49.9 points, or 1.27%, to 3,974.90. In France, the CAC 40 Index added 47.34 points, or 1.51%, to 3,190.09.
In Germany, the DAX climbed 14.34 points, or 0.45%, to 3,182.30, after Standard & Poor's, like BusinessWeek Online, a division of The McGraw-Hill Cos., said Germany's AAA debt rating "could be at risk" if the government abandons budget consolidation. However, S&P's baseline is that Germany will step up tackling its structural problems after regional elections next February.
Asian markets finished down. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index shed 76.86 points, or 0.87%, to close at 8,727.66. In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng index lost 73.42 points, or 0.74%, to close at 9,784.57.