World Markets

New York: Nervousness about interest rates checked a morning rally and by early afternoon the Dow Jones was clinging to a 6.72-point gain at 3,845.2.

Tokyo: The Nikkei 225 ended a half-day session down 39.02 at 19,684.04.

Hong Kong: The Hang Seng index recouped 42.87 at 7,887.01.

Bombay: An absence of foreign buying lowered the BSE index 29.49 at 3,886.80.

Sydney: Weaker metal prices depressed the All Ordinaries index by 18.7 at 1,886.2.

Johannesburg: A stronger financial rand and the lower bullion price lowered the overall index 58 points at 5,779.

Zurich: Demand for cyclical shares lifted the SPI index 10.44 at 1,725.64.

Frankfurt: The DAX index shed 0.12. per cent at 2,072.26.

Paris: In quiet trading the CAC-40 index improved 0.84 per cent to 1,901.79.