Germany's DAX index was up 37.4 points, or 0.98%, to 3,870.85. In Paris, the CAC 40 index was up 34.48 points, or 0.95%, to 3,665.94.
Asian markets finished lower. Japan's Nikkei 225 index shed 130.26 points, or 0.17%, to close at 11,022.49, led lower by chip stocks following Intel's mid-quarter report. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index lost 50.97 points, or 0.39%, to close at 12,948.1.