Global stocks fall
SINGAPORE, Global markets were mostly lower Thursday, AP reported.
In Europe, Germany's DAX was down 0.8 percent at 12,456.36 and the CAC 40 in France shed 0.3 percent to 5,485.83 on Thursday. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares fell 0.8 percent to 7,499.88. U.S. markets were set for a tepid opening. Dow futures lost 0.3 percent to 26,072.00 and the broader S and P 500 futures dropped 0.2 percent to 2,909.00.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.1 percent to 22,869.50 while the Kospi in South Korea dropped 0.1 percent to 2,307.35. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was 0.9 percent lower at 28,164.05. The Shanghai Composite index lost 1.1 percent to 2,737.74. Australia's S and P/ASX 200 was almost flat at 6,351.80. Shares were mixed in Southeast Asia.
Benchmark U.S. crude added 11 cents to $69.62 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract edged 1.4 percent higher and closed Wednesday at $69.51. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 26 cents to $77.72 in London.
The dollar tumbled to 111.58 yen from 111.69 yen. The euro eased to $1.1688 from $1.1699.
Source: Saudi Press Agency