Canada Shares End Slightly Lower

European, Asian markets post gains

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX comopsite index ended Wednesday's session with a loss of 9.93points, or 0.13%, to 7706.98.

European stock markets ended higher. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 closed with a gain of 19.60 points, or 0.37%, to 5,070.06. April unemployment rose 5,400 to 3.2% in a surprise increase; most had looked for decrease for the fourth consecutive month.

In Germany, the DAX Index gained 20.98 points, or 0.42%, to 5,038. And in France, the CAC 40 gained 24.15 points, or 0.54%, to 4,471.27 as French industrial production rose for the third consecutive month in March.

In Asia, the markets ended sharply higher on the heels of the strong rally in U.S. markets on Tuesday. In Japan, the Nikkei jumped 286.78 points, or 2.53%, to close at 11,642.97, led by NTT and IT-related shares. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng gained 148.05 points, or 1.27%, to close at 11,838.36.

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