European Stock Markets Down As Hong Kong Protests Force Airport Closure
"Hong Kong has kind of been under the radar of most traders... but increasingly I feel like that this has the potential to spiral into a bigger market worry. Today's moves highlight the risks," he added.
Hong Kong's main shares index closed lower just as news of the shutdown emerged.
The Hang Seng Index ended with a loss of 0.44 percent to 25,824.72 points, as investors focused on the outlook for China-US trade talks.
The European single currency meanwhile hit an almost three-year high versus sterling owing to lingering Brexit uncertainty, before the pound recovered.
- Key figures around 1100 GMT - London - FTSE 100: DOWN 0.5 percent at 7,215.09 points Frankfurt - DAX 30: DOWN 0.3 percent at 11,659.49 Paris - CAC 40: DOWN 0.5 percent at 5,300.62 EURO STOXX 50: DOWN 0.4 percent at 3,321.47 Hong Kong - Hang Seng: DOWN 0.4 percent at 25,824.72 (close) Shanghai - Composite: UP 1.5 percent at 2,814.99 (close) Tokyo - Nikkei 225: Closed for a public holiday New York - Dow: DOWN 0.3 percent at 26,287.44 (close) Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.1199 from $1.1202 at 2055 GMT on Friday Pound/dollar: UP at $1.2080 from $1.2034 Euro/pound: DOWN at 92.67 pence from 93.09 pence Dollar/yen: DOWN at 105.46 Yen from 105.62 yenBrent North Sea crude: DOWN 51 cents at $58.02 per barrelWest Texas Intermediate: DOWN 81 cents at $53.69 per barrel