In Europe, stocks finished higher with help from gains in Bayer, Cable & Wireless, and oil stocks.
London's Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 index finished up 0.10 point to 4,422.80. Germany's Xetra DAX index gained 24.13 points, or 0.62%, to 3,888.31. In France, the CAC 40 index jumped 21.76 points, or 0.60%, to 3,646.23.
Asia markets finished mixed. The Nikkei 225 index lost 54.42 points, or 0.48%, to 11,242.34 amid worries over the consequences of higher fuel prices. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 96.20 points, or 0.79%, to 12,201.75.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 43.55 points, or 0.52%, to 8,374.83.