Global stocks mixed

BEIJING, Global stock markets were mixed Wednesday, AP reported.

In early trading, London's FTSE 100 lost 0.3 percent to 7,683.49 while France's CAC 40 gained 0.2 percent to 5,444.76. Frankfurt's DAX lost 0.1 percent to 12,669.84. On Tuesday, the DAX rose 1.1 percent, the CAC 40 added 1 percent and the FTSE 100 gained 0.7 percent. On Wall Street, the future for the Standard and Poor's 500 index was off 0.1 percent while that for the Dow Jones industrial average was unchanged.

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained 0.5 percent to 22,614.25 while the Shanghai Composite Index was unchanged at 2,903.65. Hong Kong's Hang Seng advanced 0.9 percent to 28,920.09 and Seoul's Kospi fell 0.3 percent to 2,273.03. Sydney's S and P-ASX 200 shed 0.3 percent to 6,247.60 while India's Sensex was 0.3 percent higher at 36,922.41. Benchmarks in New Zealand and Southeast Asia rose.

Benchmark U.S. crude shed 3 cents to $68.49 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 63 cents on Tuesday to close at $68.52. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 44 cents to $73.88 per barrel in London. It advanced 38 cents the previous session to $73.44.

The dollar gained to 111.21 yen from Tuesday's 111.17 yen. The euro advanced to $1.1704 from $1.1686.

Source: Saudi Press Agency