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Canada Shares Make Slight Gains

Canada's benchmark TSE 300 rose 15.60 points, or 0.2%, to 7,851.50. Overseas gains, positive U.S. stock futures, and a continued rally in gold were supports. Plus, Thursday marked the day before a North American long weekend, which is three-fourths of the time a positive day for the North American stock markets.

European stocks finished higher amid a strong appetite for cyclical stocks that might benefit from the anticipated economic upturn and short covering ahead of the holiday. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index ended higher by 57.10 points, or 1.09%, to 5,271.80. In France, the CAC 40 gained 64.82 points, or 1.40%, to 4,688.02. In Germany, the DAX Index finished up 49.29 points, or 0.92%, to 5,397.29.

Asia markets ended higher. In Japan, the benchmark Nikkei 225 index jumped 9.43 points, or 0.08%, to 11,333.11, amid buying before the fiscal year end. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index added 45.04 points, or 0.41%, to 11,032.92.

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