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Europe Stock End Mostly Higher


European stock markets finished somewhat higher on Wednesday as oil prices fell for the fourth day. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index added 4.1 points, or 0.09%, to end at 4,411.6, amid worry about a sluggish European economy.

Germany's DAX index ended up 17.88 points, or 0.47%, to 3,788.88, despite a reported revision of Germany's June industrial production levels -- down 1.4% -- from the government. The European Central Bank president says that higher oil prices would not ruin a second half economic recovery.

In Paris, the CAC 40 index gained 0.88 point to 3,595.26.

Asian markets finished higher on Wednesday. Japan's Nikkei 225 index added 144.69 points, or 1.32%, to close at 11,130.02. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index gained 146.54 points, or 1.16%, to close at 12,793.03.


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