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French stocks end at 2-year high after vote eases 'Frexit' fears

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French stocks end lower after Paris attack fuels election uncertainty

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French stocks jump by the most in 7 weeks as election nears

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European stocks end modestly higher, stabilizing after prior day's slide

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UK

FTSE 100 finishes higher after rally, but miners take a hit

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Whitbread (WTBCF.NaE) shares knocked lower by cautious consumer view. U.K. blue-chip stocks closed modestly higher Tuesday, adding to a 2% jump the previous day, but a fall for mining stocks after ratings downgrades limited gains. The FTSE 100 trudged up 0.2% to close at 7,275.64 after opening lower.

US

Asia-Pacific markets continue to ride wave of gains

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Japan, Australia lead the way as investors start feeling more secure. Equities in Asia extended gains for a third session early Wednesday as sustained political optimism, currency tailwinds and the growing prospect of a U.S. tax overhaul whetted appetite for risk. Sparked by the success of centrist, market-friendly French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron in the first round of the election on Sunday, investors have shed prevote caution and piled into risk assets.

Asia

Asia-Pacific markets continue to ride wave of gains

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Japan, Australia lead the way as investors start feeling more secure. Equities in Asia extended gains for a third session early Wednesday as sustained political optimism, currency tailwinds and the growing prospect of a U.S. tax overhaul whetted appetite for risk. Sparked by the success of centrist, market-friendly French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron in the first round of the election on Sunday, investors have shed prevote caution and piled into risk assets.

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