Dax 1% rise eases recent tension
Frankfurt Dax: 2703.83 (+29.61)
German shares got the week off to a solid start yesterday as the firm dollar and a stream of positive corporate news helped ease the tension which sparked sharp market declines last week.
Heavyweight blue chip companies including Daimler-Benz and BASF led an advance which added over 1 per cent to the 30share DAX index.
Paris CAC-40: 2150.39 (-12.04)
French shares closed easier in consolidation from recent highs and on caution about a series of US data including inflation, economic growth and unemployment, as well as the pending presidential elections, dealers said.
Milan Mibtel: 9788 (-39)
Italian stocks ended lower in thin trading yesterday but shares in energy giant, ENI, trading today after a successful second tranche offering, closed positive despite paring some gains.