Europe Stocks End Higher

Asia markets end lower; Canada stocks finish higher

European stock markets finished higher with help from upbeat corporate news and speculation the European Central Bank may cut interest rates. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index gained 49.20 points, or 1.13%, to 4,406.70. Germany's DAX index added 58.92 points, or 1.54%, to 3,881.25. In Paris, the CAC 40 rose 41.79 points, or 1.16%, to 3,634.18.

In Asia, markets finished lower. The Nikkei 225 index lost 52.41 points, or 0.45%, to 11,718.24. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index fell 55.90, or 0.45%, to 12,427.34.

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 45.67 points, or 0.54%, to 8,555.23.

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