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NEW YORK - US stocks have ended mixed after poor economic data in the US, Europe and China pushed markets to losses in early trade.
Healthcare and utility stocks fared well while transportation was a significant loser, the sector falling by 2.6 per cent.
At the closing bell on Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 18.97 points, or 0.14 per cent, to 13,596.93.
The S&P 500 lost 0.79 points, or 0.05 per cent, at 1,460.26.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped 6.66 points, or 0.21 per cent, to 3,175.96.
JC Penney plunged 11.2 per cent after the struggling retailer's chief executive gave a warning that sales might continue to be weak for the rest of the year.
Simon Property, the owners of hundreds of malls around the country, fell 3.0 per cent after missing forecasts despite a solid quarterly earnings report.
LONDON - Europe's main stock markets have slid as poor European and Chinese manufacturing data eclipsed news of the Spanish government's successful long-term bond auction, dealers say.
London's FTSE 100 index of top companies dropped 0.57 per cent to 5,854.64 points on Thursday, while in Paris the CAC 40 shed 0.62 per cent to 3,509.92 points and in Frankfurt the Dax 30 ended the day down just 0.02 per cent to 7,389.49 points.
Milan dropped 1.68 per cent Madrid's IBEX 35 sank 0.95 per cent as the Spanish government's successful bond auction failed to dispel market fears that the debt-plagued eurozone nation was heading for a bailout.
Spain borrowed 4.799 billion euros ($A6.01 billion) in bond auctions on Thursday, paying sharply reduced interest rates for the critical long maturity of 10 years.
Spain, fighting to avoid having to seek rescue funding, placed its 10-year bonds at an average rate of 5.666 per cent, down from 6.647 per cent at the last such auction on August 2.
A rate below 6.0 per cent is considered important for Spain, since borrowing costs above this level are seen as unsustainably expensive.
TOKYO - Asian equities plunged on news that Chinese manufacturing activity contracted again in September, adding to concerns about the economic giant, while enthusiasm waned over the Bank of Japan's economic stimulus package.
Shanghai tumbled 2.08 per cent to close at 2,024.84 points - its lowest since February 2009, at the height of the global financial crisis.
Hong Kong slid 1.20 per cent, Tokyo shed 1.57 per cent, Seoul lost 0.87 per cent and Sydney finished 0.48 per cent lower.
WELLINGTON - New Zealand shares rose, paced by Kathmandu after the retailer showed an improvement in second-half trading and said it expects a better performance in 2013. NZX and Contact Energy were among leading gainers.
The NZX 50 Index rose 21.38 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 3819.28.