European stocks moved higher, taking a lead from U.S. stocks. London's Financial Times Stock exchange index ended higher by 34.90 points, or 0.93%, to 3,777.30. Meantime, Germany's DAX index gained 135.31 points, or 5.21%, to 2,733.19. France's CAC index finished up 102.08 points, or 3.84%, to 2,758.53.
Asian stocks finished down Thursday. Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 99.72 points, or 1.17%, to 8,439.62, which is a fresh 19-year low. Japan stocks continue to falter as worries over an economic crash persist. Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index finished off 118.66 points, or 1.32%, to 8,858.69.