Looking at Europe's corporate space, technology sector closed more than 2 percent higher. The industry was given a boost after STMicroelectronics earnings were published.
In early afternoon trade, the semiconductor soared to the top of the STOXX 600, after its earnings report gave off an upbeat note for the second half of the year, stating that one of its main aims for 2019 was to continue to outperform in its served market.
In autos, Renault came off its highs, but closed in the black after the automaker confirmed that the appointment of its new chairman, Jean-Dominique Senard and its new chief executive, Thierry Bollore. Earlier on in the day, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said in an interview that embattled executive Carlos Ghosn had resigned from Renault.
Looking at other stocks, shares of Novozymes closed a little over 5 percent, after the biotech firm reported earnings. Looking at its 2018 results, the group said that while it had a "satisfactory" year that was in line with its initial outlook, it had seen a weak performance in its Middle Eastern market region.
Another weak link in trade was Reckitt Benckiser, after the U.K.-listed firm had its rating and target price slashed by Jefferies. Shares closed just under 3 percent.
Outside of corporate news, investors continue to keep an eye on politics as uncertainty surrounding the future of Brexit and the ongoing government shutdown in the U.S. weigh on sentiment.
— CNBC's Spriha Srivastava contributed to this report