Markets & Finance

Europe Markets End with Gains

European stock markets finished higher Thursday, with help from strength in bank shares. European central bankers kept the region's target rate unchanged. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index added 34 points, or 0.75%, to 4.559.10.

Germany's DAX index gained 62.08 points, or 1.52%, to 4,133.78. In Paris, the CAC 40 increased by 18.43 points, or 0.49%, to 3,776.94.

In Asia, markets finished mixed. The Nikkei 225 index gained 49.87 points, or 0.44%, to 11,401.79, on strength in banks and shipping companies and general optimism for economic recovery. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index lost 2.53 points, or 0.02%, to 13,451.56.

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 22.42, or 0.26%, to 8,773.27.

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