German ZEW survey economic sentiment rose to 23.4 in April, defying analysts' expectations of seeing a drop to 19.0 from March's reading of 22.3. The current situation reading also exceeded both forecasts of 35.0 and the prior reading of 37.6 as it came in at 40.7.

Euro zone economic sentiment for the same month soared to 13.0 from a prior of 11.0.