Friday, December 19, 2014   

European markets open higher
(04-22 15:39)

Europe's main stock markets rose at the start of trading on Tuesday following a shutdown for Easter.
London's benchmark FTSE 100 index gained 0.29 percent to stand at 6,644.74 points compared with Thursday's close.
Frankfurt's DAX 30 won 0.49 percent to 9,455.52 points and in Paris the CAC 40 gained 0.43 percent to 4,450.85.
On the main Swiss market, the price of shares in pharmaceutical group Novartis rose by 2.68 percent to 76.70 Swiss francs after the announcement of huge deals to restructure its business.
In London, shares in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), also involved in the Novartis transactions, surged by 4.61 percent to 1,630.86 pence. --AFP
   
Other Business breaking news:
UK retail sales surge thanks to 'Black Friday' (12-18 18:31)
Cautious Japanese firms holding record assets: BoJ (12-18 17:24)
German business confidence grows in December (12-18 17:23)
Swiss central bank introduces negative interest rate (12-18 17:03)
Hang Seng finishes higher, Shanghai down (12-18 16:35)
Ruble rallies in early trading on day of Putin press conference (12-18 15:42)
Nikkei soars on weaker yen (12-18 14:59)
Hang Seng up by lunch (12-18 12:35)
Fed says can be 'patient' on rate rise (12-18 12:11)
China's home prices continue to cool, declines narrowing (12-18 12:09)

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