European markets are posting losses Wednesday after the chaotic U.S. presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden the night before.
London's FTSE index is down 0.1% at the midday point, while both Paris's CAC-40 index and the DAX index in Frankfurt are both 0.4% lower.
The trading day in Asia ended hours earlier with mixed results. The Nikkei index in Tokyo lost 1.5%.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index is up 0.7%, while Shanghai's Composite index is down 0.2%. Sydney's S&P/ASX index closed 2.2% lower. The Sensex in Mumbai ended 0.2% higher. The KOSPI index in Seoul gained 0.8%, and Taipei's TSEC index earned 0.3%.
In commodities trading, gold is trading at $1,891.90 an ounce, down 0.5%. U.S. crude oil is trading at $39.08 per barrel, down 0.5%, and Brent crude is trading at $40.56 per barrel, down 1.1%.
All three major U.S. indices are trending lower in futures trading ahead of Wall Street's opening bell.