In France, the CAC 40 Index fell 82.43 points, or 1.70%, to 4,773.17. Germany's DAX Index was lower by 80.50 points, or 1.42%, to end the session at 5,582.76.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 nudged higher by 8.36 points, or 0.07%, to close at 11,891.61 as pension funds took profits after the index was unable maintain strength above 12,000. Meanwhile, Hong Kong markets were closed as the region was buffeted by a typhoon.
Canadian stocks rose along with the rebound in U.S. equity markets. The TSE 300 closed up 37.31 points to 7623.82.