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Europe: Stock markets steadier at open

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Europe's main stock markets diverged at the start of trading on Thursday following strong gains the previous day.

[LONDON] Europe's main stock markets diverged at the start of trading on Thursday following strong gains the previous day.

London's FTSE 100 benchmark index fell 0.2 per cent to 6,021.6 point.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index climbed 0.5 per cent to 9,428 points and the Paris CAC 40 won also 0.5 per cent to 4,255.1.

US and European stocks had rallied Wednesday, with Paris winning 3.0 per cent, as strength in Chinese equities and oil prices lifted energy and commodities shares.

Asian stocks played catch-up Thursday, with most indices across the region producing strong gains.

AFP

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