Europe Stocks End Higher

Asia stocks finish mixed; Canada shares jump at close

European stocks were higher Thursday after news of stronger-than-expected GDP data in the U.S. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 finished up 15.8 points, or 0.38%, to 4,157.0.

In Germany, the DAX Index turned up 58.83 points, or 1.72%, to 3,487.86, amid reports Euroland business confidence is improving and the Ifo Institute sees the German economy growing 1.7% next year. In France, the CAC 40 finished up 37.76 points, or 1.19%, to 3,210.27.

In Asia, major stock indexes ended mixed. Japan's Nikkei index finished down 69.45 points, or 0.72%, to 9,563.21, following a 201.65 point drop Wednesday. The index was hurt by losses in some high-tech firms. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index added 13.61 points, or 0.13%, to 10,134.83.

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 52.93 points, or 0.74%, to 7,257.92.

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