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European stock markets ended mixed to lower. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index fell 18.5 points, or 0.42%, to 4,342.6.
In Paris, the CAC 40 was down 6.87 points, or 0.2%, to 3,424.79 even though French unemployment fell unexpectedly in October. Germany's DAX index was up 1 point, or 0.03%, to 3,746 as German machinery orders rose in November for the first time in three months.
Asian markets finished mixed Friday. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index fell 62.81 points, or 0.62%, to 10,100.57. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index jumped 241.48 points, or 2%, to 12,317.47.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose1.54 points, or 0.02%, to 7,882.04.