Stock prices plunged Friday in Tokyo but then steadied at lower levels in London as uneasiness over volatile activity in the New York markets continued to dominate trading.
While overseas markets were reeling from Thursday's 77.09-point drop in the Dow Jones industrial index, the U.S. blue chip barometer managed to eke out a tiny gain Friday, closing out a week that saw both record-shattering lows and an avalanche of shares trading hands.
The Dow index closed up 0.33 point at 1,950.76 after being down nearly 30 points.
The picture was much the same in Canada at the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges. The Toronto 300 composite index slipped 28.20 points to 3,079.39, and the Montreal market portfolio index edged down 3.93 points to 1,544.24.
In London, stock prices closed down but were up from their midday lows as the market reacted to better-than-expected British trade figures and a lowering of interest rates by several British banks.