SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global shares were mixed with European stocks off to a weak start after Asian markets mostly finished higher today. Investors appeared skittish after this week's financial turmoil. Futures showed Wall Street was due for a lackluster start. S&P futures added 0.2 percent while Dow futures rose 0.3 percent.

NEW YORK (AP) — Benchmark U.S. crude lost 15 cents to $61.64 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dropped $1.60, or 2.5 percent, to finish at $61.79 a barrel on Wednesday. Brent crude dropped 15 cents to $65.36 per barrel in London. It sank $1.35, or 2 percent, to finish at $65.51 a barrel in the previous session. The dollar strengthened to 109.73 yen from 109.36 yen.

TOKYO (AP) — A perk from U.S. tax reforms is helping lift Nissan's fiscal third quarter profit. Nissan Motor Co. reports an October-December profit of 301.6 billion yen ($2.7 billion), up dramatically from 131.7 billion yen a year earlier. The tax reforms under President Donald Trump are a boost for Japanese automakers. The company said quarterly sales fell 2 percent to 2.88 trillion yen ($26 billion).

BEIJING (AP) — China's export growth accelerated in January amid mounting trade tension with Washington while imports surged as factories stocked up ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday. Trade data shows exports rose 11.1 percent compared with a year earlier to $200.5 billion, up from December's 10.9 percent growth. Exports surged 36.9 percent to $180.1 billion, up from the previous month's 4.5 percent.

UNDATED (AP)— A founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead John Perry Barlow has died. EFF said in statement that Barlow passed away early Wednesday morning in his sleep at age 70. The cause of death was not immediately known. Barlow was known for his belief in cyber liberties and co-founded the EFF in 1990 to champion free expression and privacy online.