In Germany, the DAX Index turned up 58.83 points, or 1.72%, to 3,487.86, amid reports Euroland business confidence is improving and the Ifo Institute sees the German economy growing 1.7% next year. In France, the CAC 40 finished up 37.76 points, or 1.19%, to 3,210.27.
In Asia, major stock indexes ended mixed. Japan's Nikkei index finished down 69.45 points, or 0.72%, to 9,563.21, following a 201.65 point drop Wednesday. The index was hurt by losses in some high-tech firms. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index added 13.61 points, or 0.13%, to 10,134.83.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 52.93 points, or 0.74%, to 7,257.92.