Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX index ended Wednesday's session with a small gain, rising 4.00 points, or 0.05%, to 6,699.99.
European stock markets closed higher, following the lead of U.S. stocks. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index gained 168.70 points, or 4.19%, to 4,190.60. France's CAC 40 added 123.07 points, or 3.71%, to 3,440.88. Germany's DAX index added 115.07 points, or 2.89%, to 4,092.82.
Asian markets ended mixed. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index added 45.60 points or 0.44%, to 10,296.02, led by market heavy-weight telecom and technology shares after the Bank of Japan upgraded its economic assessment for the fifth consecutive month. In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng index lost 86.37 points, or 0.83%, to close at 10,335.12.