Europe Shares End Mixed

Asia stocks finish higher; Canada shares end with modest gains

European stock markets ended mixed. There was little reaction to the European Central Bank's decision to hold interest rates steady. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index gained 39.9 points, or 0.96%, to 4,209.1. In Paris, the CAC 40 was up 1.93 points, or 0.06%, to 3,192.94. Germany's DAX index fell 53.19 points, or 1.6%, to 3,276.64.

Asian markets finished higher Wednesday. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index gained 232.29 points, or 2.24%, to close at 10,593.53, piggybacking Wednesday's sharp rally on Wall Street. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index gained 316.25 points, or 2.82%, to close at 11,546.12.

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 31.75 points, or 0.42%, to 7,541.42.

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