European markets ended mixed. In London, the Financial Times 100 Index gave up 24.30 points, or 0.43%, to 5665.70. In France, the CAC 40 Index was up 48.70, or 0.95%, to 5183.67. Germany's Dax Index closed lower by 48.11 points, or 0.81%, to 5878.27 as German business confidence fell to a two year low in May with little prospect of recovery in Europe's biggest economy, the Ifo research institute said.
Asian markets closed mixed. Japan's Nikkei Index gained 82.18 points, or 0.63%, to close at 13044.61. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index lost 13.43 points, or 0.10%, to close at 13174.02.