Europe, Asia Markets Mixed

European stock markets were mixed on Wednesday. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index fell 23.00 points to 4719.40 even though Brent crude oil futures fell 18 cents to $44.30 on profit taking and the release of mixed inventory reports. British Land was lower after reporting its first half net fell 12%. Tomkins plunged 6% after reporting third-quarter sales fell 10%. ICAP fell 3.5% as first half net fell to 36.7 million pounds from 46.1 million pounds from the year earlier. Northern Rock lost 2.8% after Credit Suisse First Boston cut its recommendation on stock to neutral from outperform.

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