Europe Stocks Finish Mixed

Asian markets end higher; Canada shares end with gains

European stock markets turned lower ahead of their Friday closes, finishing mixed, in a day light on corporate news and data. London's FTSE 100 index ended up 2.7 points, or 0.06%, to 4,431.40. Engineering group Tomkins was up nearly 2% after reporting first quarter sales ahead of analysts' forecasts.

Germany's DAX index slipped 7.48 points lower, or 0.19%, to 3,831.84, in another low-volume session as traders opted for a long weekend following Thursday's Ascension Day holiday. Tech stocks were gathering some pace following the latest data from U.S. chipmakers. In Paris, the CAC 40 index ended down 2.95 points, or 0.08%, to 3,607.02.

Asian markets finished higher on Friday. In Japan, the Nikkei-225 index added 208.21 points, or 1.92%, to 11,070.25, helped by a late rally in export-related and tech stocks. Leading bank stocks were also among the advancers -- UFJ Holdings added more than 3% -- as financials rose on renewed optimism about the country's economic recovery, reports S&P's MarketScope.

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 62.63 points, or 0.77%, to 8,210.48.