Canada Shares End Stronger

Europe markets finish higher; Asia stocks end lower

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX added 21.98 points 6,611.95.

European markets were higher, taking a lead from U.S. equities. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index finished up 18 points, or 0.43%, to 4,227.30. In France, the CAC 40 closed higher by 34.44 points, or 1.03%, to 3,366.21. And in Germany, the DAX Index added 46.02 points, or 1.26%, to 3,706.97.

In Asia, the markets finished lower. The Nikkei was nearly flat, off 0.84 of a point, or 0.01%, to 9,619.30, following figures released by the government indicated the economy continues to stagnate. Japan's real GDP in the April-June period grew by a seasonably adjusted 0.5% from the previous quarter, an annualized 1.9% climb and the first increase in five quarters.

In Hong Kong, the market lost 17.28 points, or 0.17%, to 10,043.87.