In Paris, the CAC 40 was up 29.05 points, or 0.84%, to 3,467.9 as Bank of France indicators shows the economy in the fourth quarter is exected to grow at a 0.5% rate. Germany's DAX index was up 37.93 points, or 0.99%, to 3,858.85 even though car sales fell. Some traders were encouraged that German November CPI rose only 0.2%. Exporters were a bit encouraged that the euro was lower at $1.2263 vs. the dollar after the recent surge to a record high.
Asian markets finished higher Thursday. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index rose 164.58 points, or 1.66%, to 10,075.14. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index advanced 156.2 points, or 1.26%, to 12,554.58.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 69.06 points, or 0.88%, to 7,956.18.