In Paris, the CAC 40 gained 0.05 point, to 3,412.55. Germany's DAX index added 17.25 points, or 0.46%, trading at 3,765.59. Germany emerged from recession with a third-quarter GDP rise of 0.2% with help from increased exports and global economic strengthening.
Asian stock markets finished higher Thursday. Japan's Nikkei 225 index climbed 111.45 points, or 1.09%, to 10,337.45, with help from strong results at Applied Materials that lifted Japan's chips and other tech concerns. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index surged 256.09 points, or 2.14%, to finish at 12,227.57.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 29.71 points, or 0.38%, to 7,767.62.