Europe Gains, Asia Mixed

European stock markets closed higher on Wednesday. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange gained 46.70 points, or 1.02%, to close at 4583.40, near session highs. Pharmas and oil shares provided the main lift. BP rebounded 0.85% on positive broker comments. Shell rose 2.85% and firmed ahead of Thursday's third-quarter report. GlaxoSmithKline was strongly up 2.31% despite analysts forecasting middling results tomorrow. Unilever ended higher after a choppy session. The group beat analysts estimates but warned of higher restructuring costs in the fourth quarter.

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