The FTSE in London pared losses, settling down 0.25%, while the DAX in Germany closed up 0.46%, gaining some strength on stimulus optimism. The Hong Kong Hang Seng index settled off 1.47% and the Nikkei in Japan finished down 1.09%. The benchmark 10-year Treasury fell 6/32, raising the yield to 1.598%. The greenback slumped 0.12%, according to the dollar index. October crude oil futures settled up 6 cents at $95.36 a barrel and December gold futures lost $2 to settle at $1,694 an ounce. On the corporate front, FedEx ( FDX), the package delivery giant, said it now expects earnings of $1.37 to $1.43 a share in its fiscal first quarter ended in August, well below its original forecast for a profit of $1.45 to $1.60 a share. FedEx said global weakness "constrained revenue growth at FedEx Express more than expected in the earlier guidance." Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.56 a share in the first quarter. The stock closed down 2%. Facebook ( FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg indicated he has no plans to sell any of his stock holdings in the social networking giant for at least 12 months. The shares rose nearly 5%. Shares of Nokia ( NOK) tanked 16% on heavy volume after the company unveiled its Lumia 820 and 920 smartphones based on Microsoft's ( MSFT) Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system. Guidewire Software ( GWRE ) shares leapt 10% after the provider of system software to the global property and casualty insurance industry reported fiscal fourth-quarter results that beat Wall Street's expectations. Dollar General ( DG) hiked its full-year earnings guidance, after posting stronger fiscal-second quarter profit, as demand for basic goods and cheaper foods rose. The discount retailer also announced that its board has approved the buyback of up to an additional $500 million of its common stock. The stock added less than 1%. Heckmann ( HEK) shares extended strong gains from the previous session, popping more than 4%, as investors stayed enthusiastic about the company's plan to purchase privately-held environmental services firm Power Fuels for about $380.5 million in cash and stock.