Name Price Chg.% Chg.
CAC 40 5,281.29 0.27% 14.00
Xetra DAX 12,592.35 -0.06% -7.68
IBEX 35 10,305.00 0.08% 8.00
FTSE MIB Index 22,530.83 0.17% 39.10
SMI 9,136.72 0.03% 2.59
Euro Stoxx 50 3,541.42 0.05% 1.83
PSI 20 5,310.06 0.08% 4.08
BEL 20 3,957.96 -0.27% -10.71
AEX 528.03 -0.08% -0.44

Europe close: Stocks finish higher on strong PMI readings

Stocks on the Continent finished mostly higher on the back of strong survey readings on the euro area's manufacturing and services sector and ahead of the German general elections at the weekend, although fresh barbs from Pyongyang were a drag on sentiment.

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Thousands of steel workers protest ThyssenKrupp merger in Germany

Thousands of steel workers gathered in Western Germany on Friday to protest the proposed merger of ThyssenKrupp and Tata Steel's European operations which was expected to result in approximately 4,000 job losses.

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London Close: FTSE firmer as pound losses ground after May speech

London stocks had reversed earlier losses to trade a little higher by Friday's close, helped along by a weaker pound as investors weighed up a key speech by Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Morgan Stanley hikes target on Coca Cola HBC, notes M&A speculation

Analysts at Morgan Stanley revised their target price for CCH shares sharply higher, telling clients the improvement in the Coca Cola bottler's fundamental drivers looked "sustainable", while adding that its strategic optionality constituted an 'upside' risk for the shares.

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Europe midday: Stocks trade higher on strong PMIs

Stocks made a push into the green amid strong survey readings on the euro area's manufacturing and services sector and ahead of key events in the political scene, including a speech from Prime Minister Theresa May in Florence and the German general elections at the weekend - as well as fresh barbs from Pyongyang.