Europe Markets Soar at Close

Asia stocks end with gains; Canada shares inch higher

European markets finished higher Wednesday. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 added 43 points, or 1.08%, to 4,006.90, led by bank and technology stocks. In Germany, the DAX Index rose 94.49 points, or 3%, to 3,241.04. In France, the CAC 40 gained 66.07 points, or 2.19%, to 3,079.07.

In Asia, major stock indexes ended higher. Japan's Nikkei index finished up 313.75 points, or 3.38%, to 9,592.24, extending its bullish mood from Tuesday, following a better-than-expected "Tankan" report. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 25.50 points, or 0.27%, to 9,602.62.

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 7.16 points, or 0.10%, to 6,990.30. The markets were closed Tuesday for Canada Day.

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