European stocks ended the day firmly in positive territory on Tuesday, regaining some of Monday's losses, as investors reacted to third-quarter earnings and prepared for a key monetary policy decision from the U.S.
The pan-European FTSE 300 provisionally closed 1 percent higher at 1,317.80. The U.K.'s FTSE ended up around 0.7 percent, Germany's DAX closed around 1.9 percent higher and France's CAC was provisionally 0.5 percent higher.
Investors are looking ahead to the U.S. Federal Reserve's meeting, which ends on Wednesday, when the central bank is expected to announce the end of its latest round of bond buys, otherwise known as quantitative easing.
It comes after a turbulent day on Monday, when an initial relief rally following bank stress test results was negated by economic concerns about Germany that were boosted by a worse-than-expected Ifo report.
U.S. stocks rise
In the U.S., stocks rose on Tuesday, lifting the Nasdaq Composite into positive territory for the month, as investors considered corporate earnings, a better-than-expected rise in consumer sentiment and an unexpected drop in orders for durable goods.
It comes after Asian equities were mixed on the day, with China's benchmark index outperforming the region following strong data.