Europe Stocks End Higher

Asia markets finish with gains

European stock markets logged gains Wednesday, led by France's retail giant Carrefour and oil stocks.

The Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index in London added 42.7 points, or 0.96%, to 4,502, with help from oils and banks. Germany's DAX index was up 32.41 points, or 0.86%, to 3,817.62. In Paris, the CAC 40 index was up 18.95 points, or 0.53%, to 3,613.23.

Asian markets finished with gains. Japan's Nikkei 225 index added 45.56 points, or 0.41%, to close at 11,127.35, following Tuesday's rebound in U.S. stocks. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index climbed 173.59 points, or 1.35%, to close at 13,023.87.

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