In the end, the Nikkei couldn’t hold onto gains made early in the session. The benchmark Japanese index went zig-zaggy, and ended down 0.32%
In China, the Shanghai composite — which gets talked about remarkably little these days — had another great night, gaining 1.14%.
The real star performer so far today is the euro, which briefly broke above $1.43, and now sits just touch below that mark.
This comes a day ahead of a huge ECB meeting in which rates are likely to be hiked.