Markets in Asia were narrowly mixed.
The Nikkei rose 1.1% to 10,865. JAL rose on news of government financial support.
The Hang Seng fell .2% to 21,823.
The Shanghai Composite dropped 1% to 3,244.
At the open in Europe, the FTSE was up .4% to 5,437. The Dax rose .9% to 6,009. The CAC 40 was up .9% to 3,970 Novartis (NYSE:NVS) was active on news that it would buy the part of Alcon (NYSE:ACL) that it does not currently own.
Douglas A. McIntyre