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Europe: Stocks stable before Fed

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Europe's main stock markets steadied in early trade on Wednesday ahead of a US Federal Reserve interest rate decision, after the previous day's dramatic slump.

[LONDON] Europe's main stock markets steadied in early trade on Wednesday ahead of a US Federal Reserve interest rate decision, after the previous day's dramatic slump.

"Investors are showing signs of caution ahead of the Fed decision today," said analyst Neil Wilson at trading site Markets.com.

In initial deals, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index of major blue-chip companies was down 0.2 pe rcent at 7,632.69 points compared with Tuesday's close.

The Paris CAC 40 index was flat at 5,511.49 points and Frankfurt's DAX 30 also barely budged at 12,148.42.

European equities had slumped Tuesday on underwhelming corporate results and sour economic data.

The US central bank is expected to cut interest rates on Wednesday but investors are not sure how big the cut will be.

AFP

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