U.S. stock market indexes made gains as Thursday's trading got underway.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose three-tenths of a percent, the S & P 500 advanced five-tenths, and the NASDAQ gained one-tenth of a percent.

European stock markets were mixed in afternoon trading.  London's Financial Times 100 index fell half a percent, the CAC-40 in Paris gained a bit more than 1 percent, while the DAX in Frankfurt rose nine-tenths of a percent.

In Asia, Tokyo's Nikkei index plunged 5.3 percent (457 points) to close at 8,239.  In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng fell more than 5 percent (718 points) to end at 13,221.

The price of gold rose just over $5 to trade at $717.34 an ounce.  

The dollar was higher against the yen but lost value compared to the euro. 


Some information for this report was provided by Bloomberg.