Europe Stocks End Mostly Higher

Asia shares finish mixed; Canada shares finish flat

European markets were mostly higher. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 added 11.70 points, or 0.29%, to 4,083.60, as investors are pondering reports of rising mortgage lending London. In Germany, the DAX Index fell 12.83 points, or 0.44%, to 2,906.71. In France, the CAC 40 gained 19.57 points, or 0.66%, to 2,969.18.

In Asia, markets ended mixed. Japan's Nikkei index extended gains by 141.18 points, or 1.71%, to 8,375.36, amid a rally of the U.S. dollar against the yen. Sony shares rose after the electronics giant presented a game machine that combines a TV tuner, DVD recorder and game player in a single box.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index slipped 2.07 points, or 0.02%, to 9,508.55.

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 0.35 points, or 0%, to 6,836.56.

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