Shares of Chinese search engine Baidu soared in extended trading after the company posted solid earnings and sales.
In economic news, data on January sales of new homes came in stronger than expected, easing concerns of a slowdown in the housing market. Sales jumped almost 10% in January to the highest level since July 2008.
European markets finished the day with small losses. The FTSE 100 in London was declining by roughly 0.5%.
Asian markets ended with mixed results -- the main indexes in Australia and Japan moved slightly lower while other markets posted gains.
The yuan has been dropping in recent days, shaking confidence in the typically robust Chinese currency.
The price of Bitcoin continued to slide following the shutdown Monday of Mt. Gox, which used to be the dominant exchange for the digital currency.