European markets finished solidly higher Thursday. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index was up 69.10 points, or 1.75%, to 4,009.50. In France, the CAC 40 was up 131.11 points, or 4.28%, to 3,195.02. In Frankfurt, the DAX Index gained 212.41 points, or 7.34%, to 3,105.04.
In Hong Kong Thursday, the Hang Seng index gained 44.23 points, or 0.47%, to close at 9,365.52. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index was closed for the New Year's holiday. The Nikkei, which will resume trading Jan. 6, dropped 135.10 points, or 1.55%, to close at 8,578.95 on Monday, its last trading day of 2002.