Europe Stocks Finish Higher
European stock markets finished higher on Friday, as a mixture of retreating oil prices and robust U.S. economic data helped lift the major indexes on Wall Street. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index gained 88.8 points, or 1.94%, to 4,659.6. The index enjoyed one of its best days in recent memory, after booming ahead in afternoon trading and closing on a ground-breaking 27-month high. On the first day of the new quarter, the FTSE was boosted by the oil and financial sectors and positive economic data out of the U.S., says Standard & Poor's MarketScope.
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