U.S. share prices are lower at the open.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 37 points at 10,513. The S&P 500 is off three points at 1199 and the Nasdaq is down six points at 2082.
European share prices are mixed in midday trading today-Thursday.
London's Financial Times index, the CAC-40 in Paris and the DAX index are all down about a quarter percent in mid-day trading.
Tokyo's Nikkei index fell 50 points to finish at 11,280. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index closed 58 points lower at 13,815.
The price of gold is up five dollars, 45 cents, trading at 420 dollars, 85 cents in New York.
The dollar is higher against the other major currencies.