KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.1 percent at 7,383 and France's CAC 40 rose 0.7 percent to 5,335, while Germany's DAX gained 0.5 percent to 13,040. Futures augured modest gains on Wall Street. S&P and Dow futures both added 0.3 percent.
ASIA'S DAY: Japan led the region higher with its benchmark Nikkei 225 jumping 1.5 percent to close at 22,351.12 and snapping a six-session losing streak. South Korea's Kospi advanced 0.7 percent to 2,534.79. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index gained 0.6 percent to 29,018.76. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.2 percent to 5,943.50, while China's Shanghai Composite Index slipped 0.1 percent to 3,399.25.
ANALYST'S VIEW: While the Federal Reserve's rate hike in December is "a done deal," Rob Carnell, head of research for Asia at ING bank, said that the latest share price declines and lower commodity prices "raise worries about growth and the pace of tightening in 2018."
FED WATCH: Analysts said strong U.S. retail sales data and consumer prices released Wednesday gave a green light to the Fed to raise rates next month. U.S. retail sales rose 0.2 percent in October, a healthy rate, and consumer prices rose 0.1 percent last month.
OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude was down 8 cents at $55.25 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell 37 cents on Wednesday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, shed 19 cents to $61.68 per barrel in London, having lost 34 cents on Wednesday.
CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 113.18 yen from 112.84 yen while the euro sank to $1.1764 from $1.1790.