LONDON, UK - With U.S. markets closed for Thanksgiving, global bourses spent the day virtually twiddling thumbs.
The FTSE 100 in London added 0.33 percent. The German Dax rose, 0.22 percent, while the Paris-based Cac 40 was up 0.48 percent.
On Asian markets, in Japan, the Nikkei 225 climbed 196.62 points or 0.67 percent to 29,499.28.
The Australian All Ordinaries garnered 11.40 points or 0.15 percent to 7,736.90.
The Hang Seng in Hong Kong gained 54.66 points or 0.22 percent to close Thursday at 24,740.16.
China's Shanghai Composite finished down 8.52 points or 0.24 percent at 3,584.18.
The U.S. dollar edged higher. Again the euro it steadied however around 1.1209. The British pound dipped to 1.3321 approaching the close Thursday.
The Japanese yen slipped to 115.36. The Swiss franc eased to 0.9359.
The Canadian dollar was slightly lower at 1.2651. The Australian dollar slipped to 0.7187. The New Zealand dollar weakened to 0.6860.