European stock markets were higher. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index gained 77.9 points, or 1.9%, to 4,169.2. In Paris, the CAC 40 was up 56.02 points, or 1.1%, to 3,191.01. Germany's DAX index rose 73.05 points, or 2.24%, to 3,329.83.
Asian markets finished higher Wednesday. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index gained 142.19 points, or 1.39%, to close at 10,361.24, led by soaring bank stocks. In Hong Kong, the market was closed for National Day.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX soared 88.54 points, or 1.19%, to 7,509.67.