European stocks ended mixed, but mostly lower amid a holiday-shortened week. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index finished up by 19.20 points, or 0.37%, to 5,214.70. In France, the CAC 40 lost 4.87 points, or 0.11%, to 4,623.20. In Germany, the DAX Index slipped 42.59 points, or 0.79%, to 5,348.00.
Asia markets ended higher following Tuesday's encouraging economic data in the U.S. In Japan, the benchmark Nikkei 225 index jumped 115.76 points, or 1.03%, to 11,323.68. The Nikkei broke a four-session losing streak. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index added 200.96 points, or 1.86%, to 10,987.88.