European stock markets ended mixed Wednesday amid solid payrolls data and expectations for profit growth among first quarter earnings updates. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index lost 27.10 points, or 0.61%, to 4,385.70.
Germany's DAX index fell 17.34 points, or 0.45%, to 3,856.70. In Paris, the CAC 40 increased 5.13 points, or 0.14%, to 3,625.23.
In Asia, markets finished higher. The Nikkei 225 index gained 21.71 points, or 0.19%, to 11,715.39, amid growing hope that the Japanese economy is recovering despite the rise in the yen. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index added 40.28 points, or 0.32%, to 12,681.67.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 36.31 points, or 0.42%, to 8,585.93.