Europe Markets End Mixed

Asia stocks end mixed; Canada stocks end higher

European stock markets finished mixed. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index eased 19.00 points, or 0.44%, to 4,281.9 on position squaring before the weekend, says S&P's AdvisorInsight. The Bank of England meets next Thursday, when policymakers are expected to hike rates due to a strong economy.

In Paris, the CAC 40 ended 14.16 points lower, or 0.42%, to 3,373.20.

Germany's DAX index finished slightly higher, up 10.16 points, or 0.28%, to 3,649.82. Germany reported flat September retail sales.

Asian markets finished mixed Friday. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index fell 135.87 points, or 1.27%, to 10,559.59. Mizuho Financial Group fell 5.94%, UFJ Holdings lost 4.47%, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group declined 4.%, and Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group dropped 3.42%.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index gained 46.75 points, or 0.38%, to 12,190.10.

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 33.29 points, or 0.43%, to 7,772.70.

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