Germany's DAX index turned higher by 7.27 points, or 0.20%, to 3,577.85. Commerzbank rose with some help from Lehman Brothers increasing its rating on the stock.
In Paris, the CAC 40 shed 17.49 points, or 0.52%, to 3,357.49.
Asian stocks finished mixed. Japan's Nikkei 225 index surged 125.20 points, or 1.15%, to finish at 11,025.15, as the dollar-yen rose to a high-109 overnight, supporting exporters and high-techs. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index shed 28.61 points, or 0.24%, to 12,027.57.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX added 9.59 points, or 0.12%, to 7,792.80.