In Paris, the CAC 40 ended up 22.82 points, or 0.61%, at 3,740.9. Germany's DAX index gained 14.33 points, or 0.36%, to 3,999.79, despite earlier worries that higher oil prices will further hamper economic recovery. Traders showed a muted reaction to reports that German producer prices rose 0.5% in May, reports Standard & Poor's MarketScope.
Asian stock markets finished lower, after an industry trade group reported a weak book-to-bill for the North American chip equipment industry in May, according to Standard & Poor's MarketScope. Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 225.82 points, or 1.95%, to 11,382.08, with tech stocks taking a beating after declines in their U.S. counterparts.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index fell 1.88%, or 227.31 points, to finish at 11,855.55. The index suffered from sharp losses in China plays, while interest rate hike concerns, as well as angst that China may take more tightening measures, continue to weigh on sentiment.