Canada Shares Inch Up at Close

Europe markets end higher; Asia markets finish lower

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX added 31.50 points, or 0.5%, to 6,309.94.

European markets ended higher. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index was up 50.70 points, or 1.28%, to 4,016.60 following a report that UK second-quarter gross domestic product rose 0.9%, which was a bit lower than some anticipated even though it was strongest gain in two years. The market was still reeling from yesterday's weak retail sales data.

France's CAC 40 was up 22.84 points, or 0.73%, to 3,172.56.

Germany's DAX added 22.84 points, or 0.73%, to 3,172.56.

Asian markets finished lower. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index lost 338.88 points, or 3.41%, to 9,591.03 as a slump in technology shares sent Japan's major stock indices to six-month lows after the US equities plunged on earnings pessimism after Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing showed poor earnings prospects.

In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng index fell 111.66 points, or 1.13%, to close at 9,773.12.

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