European markets finished higher. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index was up 31.30 points, or 0.59%, to 5,292.70, amid uncertainties about economic strength. In France, the CAC 40 added 41.49 points, or 0.91%, at 4,588.33. In Germany, the DAX Index gained 108.48 points, or 2.06%, to 5,385.35, as German January retail sales rose more than expected, and February wholesale prices ticked up only 0.2%.

In Asia, the markets ended mixed. The Nikkei gained 79.19 points, or 0.68%, to 11,648.01, as buy-backs swelled in market heavyweight sectors technology, telecom and automobiles on the back of the weaker Japanese yen. In Hong Kong, the market lost 93.45 points, or 0.83%, to 11,210.25.

In Canada, the TSE 300 Index rose 43.06 points, or 0.55%, to 7871.70.

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