European stock markets finished mixed. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index fell 9.5 points, or 0.21%, to 4,440.1. Traders paid little attention to a report that Britain's manufacturing index for November suffered the worst loss in a year, which surprised many economists.
In Paris, the CAC 40 added 16.08 points, or 0.45%, to 3,576.18, even though French industrial production fell in November, and consumer prices rose only 0.1% in December. Germany's DAX index was up 0.31 point, or 0.01%, to 3,996.22 as the DIW Institute said the German economy grew 0.5% in the fourth quarter.
Asian markets finished mixed Tuesday. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index fell 115.37 points, or 1.05%, to 10,849.68. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index rose 44.43 points, or 0.33%, to 13,396.65.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 0.03 points, to finish at 8,380.34.