|FTSE MIB Index||22,315.24||-0.05%||-11.20|
|Euro Stoxx 50||3,562.65||-0.47%||-16.67|
The FTSE 250 index was up around 0. 50% on the day in which Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed his budget for the upcoming year.
Motor dealer Cambria Automobiles managed to successfully grow profit and revenue throughout the financial year, as per-unit profits counteracted a slide in sales volumes.
Consumer confidence in the single currency bloc shot higher in November, according to the executive arm of the European Union.
Stocks are seeing modest gains as traders wait for the release of the minutes of the US Federal Reserve's last rate-setting meeting in the evening and monitor the news-flow out of Germany, amid speculation that a 'grand coalition' between Germany's two main political parties, the centre-right CDU/CSU and the Socialist SPD, may yet be possible.
The German state has not been left moribund by the recent failure of talks aimed at forming a new coalition government, nor will it significantly derail a push for reforming the euro area's architecture or the Brexit negotiations, a top-rated economist said.
JP Morgan has upgraded its view on shares of Reckitt Benckiser, with its analysts pointing to potential upside in the firm's earnings per share in fiscal year 2020 and the potential for shifts in the company's portfolio of assets to unlock value.
Entertaintment One posted a sharp rise in first half profits as its Peppa Pig franchise continued to deliver and on the back of the exponential growth in sales from its PJ Masks kids show.
Philip Hammond faces a near-impossible task as he seeks to balance competing demands when delivering his budget.
Stocks are holding higher, possibly influenced by the latest German poll results which might help coax the country's politicians to return to the negotiating table in order to help thrash out a stable government coalition - or face the voters again.