European stock prices are lower in midday trading Thursday.
London's Financial Times index and the CAC-40 in Paris are each down more than one percent, while the DAX index in Frankfurt is trading one and three-tenths percent lower.
In New York, the S&P futures contract is down nearly five points, indicating a lower opening.
Tokyo's Nikkei index gained one percent to finish at 8,823.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose over two and one-quarter percent to finish the day's trading at 18,758.
Gold is trading at $1,671.05 an ounce.
The dollar is trading mixed against other major currencies.