European Markets Finish Mixed

Asian stocks post solid gains

European markets were mixed Thursday on weakness in U.S. markets. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 finished up 17.90 points, or 0.45%, to 4,024.80.

In Germany, the DAX Index shed 17.39 points, or 0.54%, to 3,223.65 after Heidelberger Druckmaschinen gave a negative forecast. German carmakers were strong on optimism that a stronger dollar will boost exports. In France, the CAC 40 finished higher by 13.02 points, or 0.42%, to 3,092.09.

In Asia, major stock indexes ended higher. Japan's Nikkei index finished up 32.56 points, or 0.34%, to 9,624.8. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 43.48 points, or 0.45%, to 9,646.1.

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