European Stock Markets Finish Higher

Asia stocks end with gains; Canada shares end higher

European stock markets finished slightly higher. The bourses were sold off, following the dip in U.S. consumer confidence, but recovered before the close. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index gained 16.3 points, or 0.38%, to 4,347.6 on some short covering, and bargain hunting before the weekend, according to S&P's MarketScope. The pound sterling remains up, at an 11-year high around $1.74 as U.S. rates stay lower. Sage Group, and Xstrata were both higher and active.

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