U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday after the Fed announcement and continued to do so on Thursday.
In its post-meeting statement, the Fed expressed confidence in economic growth, but said it was insufficient for an immediate rate move.
"The committee judges that the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened, but decided, for the time being, to wait for further evidence of continued progress toward its objectives," the Fed's policymaking committee said in a statement.
A weaker dollar after the announcement helped the prices of all sorts of commodities, which in turn spurred buying in equities with exposure to these sectors.
In consequence, the European basic resources stock sector was a top performer on Thursday, closing around 3.8 percent higher on the day.
Strong individual stocks included Glencore and ArcelorMittal, which closed over 5 percent higher on the day, and BHP Billiton, which ended more than 4 percent up.