Canada Shares Finish Slightly Higher

European stocks rise; Asia markets finish up

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 31.83 points, or 0.49%, to 6,848.96.

European stocks rose, paced by banks, after Fortis raised its recommendation on ABN Amro Holding NV. And Infineon Technologies AG climbed after Dell Computer said sales this quarter will exceed analysts' forecasts.

London's FTSE index was up 1.1 points, or 0.03%, to 3611.90, while Paris' CAC 40 index climbed 69.10 points, or 2.50%, to 2827.75. Credit Lyonnais SA said Friday that its fourth-quarter net profit tripled as the French bank squeezed costs and slashed loan-loss provisions.

In Frankfurt, the DAX index was up 119.19 points, or 4.66% to 2,674.46.

In Asia, stocks ended higher. On Friday, the Nikkei 225 index jumped 102.26 points, or 1.19%, to close at 8701.92. Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng climbed 28.33 points, or 0.31%, to 9,201.76.

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