European share prices are lower in midday trading Tuesday.
London's Financial Times index is down 40 points at 5,021.
The CAC-40 in Paris is 39 points lower at 3,984, and the DAX index in Frankfurt is down 46 points 4,307. T
he S&P futures contract is down six points, indicating a lower opening for U.S. stocks.
Tokyo's Nikkei index lost 53 points to finish at 11,598.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dropped 21 points to end at 14,091.
The price of gold in London is 430 dollars, 75 cents an ounce, up three dollars, 65 cents from late Monday.
The dollar in London is lower against other major currencies.