European stock markets finished with modest gains. London's FTSE 100 index was up 16.6 points, or 0.4%, to 4,207 as housing contractors report strong activity, adding to the perception that Britain's economy is rebounding.
In Paris, the CAC-40 index gained 13.18 points, or 0.4%, to 3,213.93. In Frankfurt, the DAX index was up 17.67 points, or 0.54%, to 3,304.15 as April factory orders were revised higher.
Asian markets finished mixed Wednesday. Japan's Nikkei 225 index gained 59.97 points, or 0.66%, to close at 9,092.97. Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index lost 60.07 points, or 0.6%, to close at 9,970.30.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 17.53 points, or 0.25%, to 7,103.49.