Asian markets closed mostly down, and European markets are modestly lower. In Asia, Nikkei +1.8%...

|By:, SA News Editor

Asian markets closed mostly down, and European markets are modestly lower.
In Asia, Nikkei +1.8% to 9,958. Hang Seng -0.8% to 18,379. Shanghai -0.5% to 2,959. BSE -2% to 14,494.
In Europe at midday, London -0.1%. Paris -0.1%. Frankfurt -0.03%.
U.S. futures: Dow +0.2%. S&P +0.3%. Nasdaq +0.3%. Crude +0.3% to $71.69. Gold +0.01% to $940.80.