The European majors were in recovery mode following the sharp sell-off on Wednesday.
Leading the way was the CAC40, which rose by 0.74%. The DAX30 and EuroStoxx600 saw more modest gains of 0.44% and 0.65% respectively.
There were no major stats from the Eurozone or the U.S to provide support, leaving corporate earnings and dip buying to deliver support.
Concerns over the latest spike in new COVID-19 cases pegged the majors back from a more significant recovery, however.
It was a particularly quiet day on the economic calendar on Wednesday.
There were no material stats from the Eurozone to provide the European majors with direction mid-week.
From the U.S
It was another particularly quiet day, with no major stats to provide the majors with direction late in the day.
The Market Movers
For the DAX: It was a mixed day for the auto sector on Wednesday. Volkswagen slid by 2.44% with Daimler and BMW falling by 0.46% and by 1.18% respectively. Continental bucked the trend, however, rising by 0.61%.
It was another bearish day for the banks. Deutsche Bank fell by 0.43%, with Commerzbank declining by 0.85%.
From the CAC, it was a bearish day for the banks. BNP Paribas and Soc Gen declined by 0.92% and by 0.91% respectively, with Credit Agricole falling by 0.87%.
The French found support, however. Stellantis NV rallied by 2.25%, with Renault ending the day up by 0.10%.
Air France-KLM partially recovered from Tuesday’s 6.10% slump with a 1.00% gain, while Airbus SE slipped by 0.21%.
On the VIX Index
It was back into the red for the VIX on Wednesday, marking a 4th daily loss in 8-sessions.
Partially reversing an 8.04% fall from Tuesday, the VIX fell by 6.32% to end the day at 17.50.
The Dow and the S&P500 both rose by 0.93% respectively, with the NASDAQ gaining 1.19%.