European share prices are down in midday trading Wednesday. London's Financial Times index is down 10 points at 5,049.
The CAC-40 in Paris has dropped 20 points to 4,010, and the DAX index in Frankfurt is down 25 points at 4,377.
The S&P futures contract is down two points at 1,208. Tokyo's Nikkei index was down 45 points to finish at 11,602.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index rose 20 points to close at 14,015. The price of gold in London is 424 dollars 15 cents, down one dollar five cents from late Tuesday.
The dollar in London is lower against other major currencies.