European markets ended higher. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index gained 37 points, or 0.92%, to 4,039.70. In France, the CAC 40 added 65.82 points, or 2.13%, to 3,150.04. And in Germany, the DAX Index rose 39.26 points, or 1.26%, to 3,152.85
In Asia, the markets finished lower. In Japan, the Nikkei lost 116.11 points, or 1.33%, to 8,640.48 on disappointment with the government's watered-down plan released late Wednesday for anti-deflation and non-performing loans cleanup. The market was also hurt by pessimism about the U.S. economy ahead of today's key reports.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng fell 119.21 points, or 1.25%, to close at 9,441.25.