European stock markets finished higher Thursday, with help from strength in bank shares. European central bankers kept the region's target rate unchanged. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index added 34 points, or 0.75%, to 4.559.10.
Germany's DAX index gained 62.08 points, or 1.52%, to 4,133.78. In Paris, the CAC 40 increased by 18.43 points, or 0.49%, to 3,776.94.
In Asia, markets finished mixed. The Nikkei 225 index gained 49.87 points, or 0.44%, to 11,401.79, on strength in banks and shipping companies and general optimism for economic recovery. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index lost 2.53 points, or 0.02%, to 13,451.56.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 22.42, or 0.26%, to 8,773.27.