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European stock markets finished mostly lower amid worries that the rising euro would make exporters' goods unattractive in dollar-based markets. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index reversed course, adding 1.90 point, or 0.04%, to 4,272.00.
In Paris, the CAC 40 finished down 26.61 points, or 0.81%, to 3,254.75. Germany's DAX index stumbled 49.13 points, or 1.44%, to 3,355.78.
Asian markets finished mixed. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index gained 80.19 points, or 0.75%, to 10,820.33, amid optimism about the country's recovery prospects. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index fell 10.56 points, or 0.09%, to 11,723.92.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX slipped 1.66 points, or 0.02%, to 7,561.21.