Germany's DAX index added 41.67 points, or 1.24%, to 3,397.45 led by stock exchange Deutsche Boerse, banker Commerzbank AG, postal company Deutsche Poste, and phone company Deutsche Telekom.
Asian markets finished lower. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index lost 278.13 points, or 2.57%, to 10,542.20 as Aug machinery orders were much weaker than expected at -4.3% month over month. The market opened weaker since the USD/JPY fell sharply to the lowest level (for the USD) since Nov 2000. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index fell 3.12 points, or 0.03%, to 11,720.80.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 8.09 points, or 0.11%, to 7,569.30.