In Asia, major stock indexes ended higher. Japan's Nikkei index finished up 313.75 points, or 3.38%, to 9,592.24, extending its bullish mood from Tuesday, following a better-than-expected "Tankan" report. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 25.50 points, or 0.27%, to 9,602.62.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 7.16 points, or 0.10%, to 6,990.30. The markets were closed Tuesday for Canada Day.