European stocks finished lower amid weakness in oil issues following an analyst downgrade of several companies in the sector. Investors in Europe are also fretting over the rise in value of the euro.
London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index slid 32.20 points, or 0.71%, at 4,473.00. In Paris, the CAC 40 fell 32.31 points, or 0.90%, at 3,563.51. Germany's DAX index eased 31.04 points, or 0.77%, to 4,004.40.
In Asia, stocks finished mixed. Japan's Nikkei 225 index, fell 56.17 points, or 0.52%, to 10,757.82 amid continued worries over the impact of a strong yen on exporters. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index added 121.36 points, or 0.93%, to close at 13,157.68.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 16.57 points, or 0.20%, to 8,388.53.