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European Stocks Advance on Japan Stimulus as BNP Paribas Rallies

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European stocks rose to a four-week high amid optimism the Bank of Japan’s stimulus will fill some of the gap left by the end of Federal Reserve bond buying.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index gained 1.8 percent to 336.8 at the close of trading, boosting its weekly advance to 2.9 percent, the most this year. Barclays Plc and BNP Paribas SA led lenders higher, as all 19 industry groups on the gauge climbed.