Nikkei 225

gave back some of its impressive 7.49% gain from Wednesday. The Nikkei dropped 250.0, or 1.91%, to close at 12854.0. The market had jumped on Wednesday in reaction to the Bank of Japan's efforts to bring the nation's economy back to life. Hong Kong continued a major losing streak, and the key

Hang Seng

index fell another 532.6 points, or 4.05%, to 12621.6.

European markets were doing a repeat performance of Wednesday and selling vigorously as they approached midsession. The major indices were all registering three-digit losses, again. Londons'

FTSE 100

was down 160.8, or 2.9%, to 5379.9. The Paris

CAC 40

was off 131.7, or 2.62%, to 4892.0. And Frankfurt's

Xetra Dax

was losing 167.4, or 2.98%, to 5454.7.

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