In Paris, the CAC 40 fell 12.09 points, or 0.35%, to 3,410.69 on profit taking. Germany's DAX index edged up 21.16 points, or 0.58%, to 3,668.67. German factory orders fell in July, while unemployment was unchanged, boosting recovery hopes. The European Central Bank left rates unchanged at its policy meeting.
Asian markets finished mixed. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index lost 68.74 points, or 0.64%, to close at 10,646.95, as the market lost momentum in the afternoon, as profit taking on large caps and high techs mounted. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index gained 36.26 points, or 0.33%, to close at 11,138.62.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 14.49 points, or 0.19%, to 7,594.85.