U.S. stock market indexes were lower in midday trading Monday despite
plunging oil prices, after the chairman of the U.S. central bank said
the economy was facing "numerous difficulties."
The Dow Jones
Industrial Average was off half of one percent, the S&P 500 fell
more than seven-tenths of one percent, and the NASDAQ fell one tenth of
European stock markets closed sharply lower.
London's Financial Times 100 index tumbled more than two percent (129
points) to end at 5,172, the CAC-40 in Paris dropped almost two percent at
4,061, and the DAX in Frankfurt slid almost two percent to finish at
In Asia, Tokyo's Nikkei index fell two percent (256
points), to end the day at 12,755. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index
plunged four percent (840 points), to close at 21,175.
The price of gold gained almost $2 to trade at $974.24 an ounce.
The dollar was down against the yen and the euro, after hitting a record low against the euro earlier Tuesday.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.