European stocks finished down Thursday. In London, the FTSE index fell 39.60 points, or 1.00%, to 3,935.30. Paris' CAC-40 index slipped 52.66, or 1.65%, to 3,137.43. In Frankfurt, the DAX index lost 84.17 points, or 2.63%, to 3,111.88.
In Asia, stocks were mixed. Japan's Nikkei 225 index finished the day down 18.97 points, or 0.22%, to 8,708.69. Trading was spotty in advance of economic data expected on Friday. In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng index gained 29.21 points, or 0.30%, to 9,813.78.