Markets & Finance

Europe Stocks End Higher

European stock markets finished slightly higher Thursday helped by strong earnings from Siemens. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index added 1.80 points, to 4,373.00.

In Paris, the CAC 40 gained 0.05 point, to 3,412.55. Germany's DAX index added 17.25 points, or 0.46%, trading at 3,765.59. Germany emerged from recession with a third-quarter GDP rise of 0.2% with help from increased exports and global economic strengthening.

Asian stock markets finished higher Thursday. Japan's Nikkei 225 index climbed 111.45 points, or 1.09%, to 10,337.45, with help from strong results at Applied Materials that lifted Japan's chips and other tech concerns. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index surged 256.09 points, or 2.14%, to finish at 12,227.57.

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 29.71 points, or 0.38%, to 7,767.62.

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