In Europe, markets were mostly down after regional elections in Spain.
The victory of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s center-right party, the People’s Party, is widely seen as an endorsement of the government’s austerity drive and could ease the pressure on him to seek a bailout.The IBEX 35 in Madrid fell 0.5 percent, to 7,877.10.
The FTSE 100 in London was down 0.2 percent to 5,882.91, while the CAC 40 in Paris dropped 0.6 percent to 3,483.25. The DAX in Frankfurt contracted 0.7 percent to 7,328.05 and the FTSE MIB grew 0.03 percent to 15,866.78.
The day's gainers included Asos.com, up 2.9 percent to 25.09 pounds; Swatch Group, 1.1 percent to 67.55 euros; Brunello Cucinelli, 0.9 percent to 14.13 euros, and Yoox, up 0.7 percent to 11.32 euros.
Among the decliners were Hermès, down 1.3 percent to 212.15 euros; Burberry, 1.4 percent to 11.72 pounds; Mulberry, 2.8 percent to 13.20 pounds; Ferragamo, 2.4 percent to 15.95 euros, and L’Oreal, 1.6 percent to 99.39 euros.
The pound traded at $1.60 versus the U.S. dollar while the euro traded at $1.30.
Alberta Ferretti's "Rainbow Week" sweaters are back. The designer closed her #MFW show with a few day-of-the-week sweaters, which first debuted on the catwalk last January as part of the pre-fall 2017 collection. #wwdfashion (📷: @delphineachard)