Commodities companies Anglo American and Rio Tinto lead the gains in the European index with the former going up by more than 7.5 percent.
Auto stocks also ended higher after the German carmaker Volkswagen said that solid growth in sales in China and eastern Europe helped the firm offset losses from the emission scandal in major markets.
Meanwhile in the U.S., the Dow Jones industrial average recovered earlier losses and reignited hopes among investors that the blue-chips index could go above and beyond the 20,000 threshold.
Banks slip, UK grocers rise
Meanwhile, the U.K.'s supermarket group WM Morrison increased its profit guidance on Tuesday following its strongest Christmas sales in seven years, Reuters reported. The chain was among the best performers on European benchmarks, jumping nearly 4 percent. Tesco was up by more than 4 percent after recording the fastest growing sales among the four largest suppliers over the Christmas quarter.
The French cosmetics firm L'Oreal announced Tuesday that it was buying three skincare brands from Valeant for $1.3 billion, Reuters reported.