European stocks finished mostly higher following the lead of U.S. stocks. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index added 3.10 points, or 0.07%, at 4,513.30, with weakness coming from pharmaceutical and oil concerns. In Paris, the CAC 40 added 11.49 points, or 0.32%, at 3,608.29. Germany's DAX index gained 17.40 points, or 0.43%, to 4,035.90.
In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 index, in a half-day session jumped 148.53 points, or 1.39%, to 10,825.17, in reaction to recent upbeat data on U.S. manufacturng. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index added 203.85 points, or 1.59%, to close at 13,005.33.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 87.96 points, or 1.06%, to 8,381.66.