Germany's DAX index rose 45.81 points, or 1.18%, to 3,913.33 as energy futures fall sharply following inventory reports. In Paris, the CAC 40 index gained 19.45 points, or 0.53%, to 3,679.37 even though French business confidence fell from a 3-year high.
Asian markets finished higher. In Japan, the Nikkei index rose 13.94 points, or 0.13%, to 11,166.03 helped by rises in techs and telecoms. But gains were limited as investors took a breather as Japan's corporate earnings season draws to an end.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index jumped 291.34 points, or 2.49%, to 11,983.9 after the winning prices at a public land auction -- Hong Kong's first since land sales were resumed under the application list system this year -- exceeded all expectations, reports Standard & Poor's MarketScope.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 24.62 points, or 0.30%, to 8,343.60.