European stocks traded choppy and U.S. equity futures fell on the last trading day of the month and quarter, with investors rattled by U.S. politics after a messy presidential debate, and rising coronavirus cases.
Bouncing around, the Stoxx Europe 600 index SXXP, -0.30 percent was last down 0.4 percent.
The index was poised for a gain of just 0.3 percent in the quarter, but around a 1.4 percent drop for September, the biggest monthly drop since March, according to Dow Jones Market data.
The German DAX DAX, -0.52 percent and the French CAC 40 PX1, -0.57 percent fell 0.5 percent, and the FTSE 100 UKX, -0.23 percent slipped 0.1 percent.
Trimming a deeper earlier loss, Dow futures YM00, -0.65 percent fell 200 points, with S&P 500 ES00, -0.53 percent and Nasdaq-100 futures NQ00, -0.63 percent dropping 0.7 percent and 0.9 percent each, respectively. Futures had risen into the debate, but then fell as it ended.
That follows Tuesday’s weaker finish on Wall Street.