Upbeat economic data powered Asian and emerging share markets to a fourth straight day of gains on Tuesday, while gold and the yen lost some of their safe-haven appeal, Reuters reported.
European shares opened higher, helped by a second huge mobile telecoms deal in as many days as Microsoft announced a $7.2 billion bid for the phone business of once-dominant Finnish manufacturer Nokia .
The dollar was also in a bullish mood, hitting its highest in over a month against both the yen and the euro.."
After some choppy initial moves, Europe's FTSEurofirst 300 was up 0.2 percent by 0745 GMT, led by Britain's FTSE 100 and Germany's DAX. France's CAC 40 and Milan's FTSE both lost 0.2 percent.
Earlier MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.76 percent, building on Monday's 1.2 percent rise and marking a fourth day of gains.