Share prices were mixed in Europe and Asia today as cautious world investors awaited the outcome of the U.S. midterm elections.
Britain's FTSE 100 lost 0.1 percent to 7,093.77 while Germany's DAX added 0.2 percent to 11,514.21. The CAC 40 in France was flat at 5,101.42.
Wall Street was likewise headed for a lackluster start, with the futures contract for the Dow Jones Industrial Average up less than 0.1 percent at 25,543.00 and the S&P 500 future contract down 0.1 percent at 2,736.70.
In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 index jumped 1.1 percent to 22,147.75 and the Kospi in South Korea added 0.6 percent to 2,089.62. The Shanghai Composite index slipped by 0.2 percent to 2,659.36 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng bounced back, gaining by 0.7 percent at 26,120.96. Australia's S&P ASX 200 advanced by 1 percent to 5,875.20. Shares fell in Taiwan but rose in Jakarta and Thailand. Markets were closed in Singapore and Malaysia for a public holiday.-AP