European markets were closed on Monday for the Easter Monday holiday.
On Friday, London's FTSE 100 index added 21 points, or 0.47%, to 4,489.70. Germany's DAX index gained 12.37 points, or 0.31%, to 4,013.53. France's CAC 40 index rose 5.55 points, or 0.15%, to 3,740.11.
In Asia, markets finished Monday's session mixed. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Index added 145.19 points, or 1.22%, to 12,042.70 on strength in bank and high-tech shares. "Market watchers say stocks rose on the back of rising optimism for a steady recovery in the economy and anticipation of the imminent release of Japanese hostages in Iraq," reports S&P's MarketScope.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was closed for the Easter holiday.