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European equities closed mostly lower on Wednesday, despite a surge in energy stocks after Royal Dutch Shell (London Stock Exchange: RDSA-GB) launched a bid for U.K.-listed BG Group (London Stock Exchange: BG.-GB). The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 (FTSE International: .FTEU3) closed flat, having touched an eight year-high earlier in the session after oil and gas firms Read More

European equities closed lower on Tuesday as investors reacted to a slew of earnings news and economic data. The U.K.’s FTSE 100 (FTSE International: .FTSE) index closed provisionally down 0.6 percent. The German DAX (^GDAXI) and the French CAC (Euronext Paris: .FCHI) closed down unofficially 1.0 percent and 0.8 percent. Barclays (London Stock Exchange: BARC-GB)‘ Read More