Asian Markets End Lower

European bourses close mixed; Canadian benchmark slips

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX composite index ended Friday's session lower by 16.4 points, or 0.24%, at 6,742.03.

European markets ended mixed on Friday.

London's FTSE 100 index had led the gainers early in the day, and closed up 0.94% at 4,049.00 U.K. investors are discounting an improved economy later in the year due to steady, relatively low interest rates, notes S&P MarketScope.

Both Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 indexes moved back above the 3,000 mark, only to slip below in the late afternoon. The DAX finished the day down 0.30 points, or 0.01% at 2,989.08. The CAC 40 closed down 0.04%, at 2,994.87.

Asian markets closed slightly down. Japan's Nikkei 225 average shed 6.11 points, to close 0.08% lower, at 8,117.29, amid concern about the effect further declines in the U.S. dollar vs. the yen will have on exporters.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index finished lower by 32.89 points, or 0.36%, at 9093.18.

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