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Europe: Stock markets diverge at open

[LONDON] Europe's main stock markets diverged in opening deals on Monday, with investors anxious over the US government shutdown.

In initial trade, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index fell almost 0.2 percent to stand at 7,719.15 points.

In the eurozone, the Paris CAC 40 index lost 0.1 per cent to 5,520.21 points compared with Friday's close.

On the upside, Frankfurt's DAX 30 rose almost 0.1 per cent to 13,435.14, boosted by hopes Chancellor Angela Merkel will be able to form a new German government.

AFP

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