European markets gained ground with help from strength in technology and telecom stocks. In London, the Financial Times 100 gained 43.60 points, or 0.81%, to 5,446.70. In France, the CAC 40 Index finished up 66.56 points, or 1.34%, to 5,033.71. Germany's DAX Index was up 37.33 points, or 0.65%, to 5,792.19.
Asian markets ended lower. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Index lost 218.81 points, or 1.85%, to close at 11,579.27. In Japan, industrial production fell for the fourth straight month in June, bringing renewed attention to the ruling coalition's daunting task of reforming Japan's economy. Meanwhile, Japan's ruling coalition won the upper house election on Sunday.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index shed 95.51 points, or 0.78%, to close at 12,086.66.