The pan-European STOXX 600 index <.STOXX> rose 0.3% after closing at a five-month low in the previous session, while the German DAX <.GDAXI> advanced 0.6% and UK's FTSE 100 <.FTSE> and France's CAC 40 <.FCHI> rebounded from multi-month lows. UK's Royal Dutch Shell <RDSa.L> rose 2.5% as the company lifted its dividend after easily beating third-quarter profit forecasts. Dutch firm ASM International <ASMI.AS> gained 3.8% as it raised its fourth-quarter guidance.
The export-heavy FTSE 100 index <.FTSE> rose 0.3%, with oil major Royal Dutch Shell Plc <RDSa.L> jumping 2.1% after it posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and increased its dividend. Lloyds Banking Group Plc <LLOY.L> added 2.2% after the domestic lender posted a forecast-beating quarterly profit, boosted by a home-loan lending boom. The domestically focussed mid-cap FTSE 250 <.FTMC> firmed 0.3%, led by gains in real estate <.FTUB8600> and retailer <.FTNMX5370> stocks.
Contracts for Euro and Japanese Yen implied volatility versus the U.S. Dollar expiring in a week climbed to their highest since early April.