Asian markets closed sharply lower Thursday, playing catch-up with the previous day's retreat in European and U.S. markets. The Shanghai Composite tumbled 1.6%, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong sank 2.4%, and Japan's Nikkei dropped 1.5%.
Currencies and commodities: The dollar gained ground against the euro and the British pound but dipped versus the Japanese yen.
Oil for December delivery rose 65 cents to settle at $85.09 a barrel.
Gold futures for December delivery rose $12 to end the day at $1,726 an ounce.
Bonds: The price on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury rose, with the yield falling to 1.64% from 1.66% on Wednesday.