Europe Stocks End Higher

Asia stocks end mixed; Canada shares soar

European stock markets were higher Friday. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 added 52.2 points, or 1.27%, to 4,147.8, amid sentiment that an economic recovery was gaining traction. In Germany, the DAX Index gained 0.35 points, or 0.01%, to 3,332.24. In France, the CAC 40 was up 34.93 points, or 1.12%, to 3,165.49.

In Asia, major stock indexes ended mixed. Japan's Nikkei index finished up 61.97 points, or 0.67%, to 9,327.53, led by advances in some high-tech stocks. Volume was light ahead of next week's "Obon" vacation in Japan. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 12.83 points, or 0.13%, to 9,945.22.

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX soared 71.69 points, or 1%, to 7,251.96.

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