Asian Stocks End Lower; Nikkei Down 1.3%

Asian stocks ended mostly lower Thursday following a mostly flat finish on Wall Street.
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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- Asian stocks ended mostly lower Thursday following a mostly flat finish on Wall Street while European shares were trading slightly higher.

The Nikkei 225 stock average in Tokyo fell 140.96 points, or 1.3%, to 10,949.09. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index lost 0.3% and China's Shanghai benchmark declined 1.1%.

In London, shares rose 0.5% while in Frankfurt the market was higher by 0.7%.

Premarket futures suggest stocks will open higher Thursday on Wall Street.

On Wednesday, the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

rose 7.86, or 0.1%, to 11,124.92, the third-straight day it has closed higher. The

S&P 500

fell 0.1% and the

Nasdaq

composite index rose 0.2%.