European markets finished higher. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index added 31.40 points, or 0.61%, to 5,180.80 on a report that British manufacturers' confidence rose in the fourth quarter. In France, the Paris CAC 40 was higher by 4.09 points, or 0.09%, to 4,450.81. Germany's DAX index rose 117.31 points, or 2.32%, to 5,163.03, with help from drug stocks and tech concerns.
Canadian stocks finished with gains, with help from metals stocks and increasing hope that for decent earnings period. The TSE 300 Composite ended higher at 7,598.50, up 39.21 points, or 0.52%.
Asian markets ended down on Wednesday. Japan's Nikkei dropped 10.07 points, or 0.10% to 10,040.91 after plunging 229 points on Tuesday, led by exporters and banks. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 35.55 points, or 0.33%, to 10,762.14, following a 203-point drop on Tuesday.