NEW YORK (
) -- Asian stocks closed lower Thursday and European shares were slipping following a slide on Wall Street following two days of gains.
The Nikkei 225 average in Tokyo fell 0.5% to 10,355.98.
declined 3.5% after reporting after the bell that it was
. However, the automaker is still dealing with the fallout from a global recall of cars because of sticking gas pedals and questions about brake trouble on its top-selling hybrid Prius.
The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong fell 1.8%. Shanghai's benchmark stock index dropped 0.3%.
In London, stocks fell 0.8%, and were down 0.7% and 0.8% in Frankfurt and Paris, respectively. Shares of
Royal Dutch Shell
fell about 2% after saying the
Premarket futures in the U.S. were lower ahead of the weekly jobless claims report and despite strong
quarterly earnings and sales
Dow Jones Industrial Average
fell 26.30, or 0.3%, to 10,270.55 on Wednesday. The
index fell 0.6%, while the
ticked higher by less than 0.1%.
-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York.
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