European markets ended higher amid hopes that the end of the war in Iraq is approaching. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index was up 121.40 points, or 3.18%, to 3,935.80. In Germany, the DAX added 154.87 points, or 5.84%, to 2,808.94. In France, the CAC 40 Index gained 97.72 points, or 3.44% to 2,935.68.
Asia markets finished up. In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 index added 175.86 points, or 2.18%, to close at 8,249.98. In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng index gained 139.76 points, or 1.58%, to close at 8,962.21.