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European stocks inch up ahead of ECB meeting, with FTSE 100 boosted by lack of progress on trade talks

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European stocks inched higher Thursday ahead of a highly-awaited European Central Bank meeting, with multinational British companies getting a boost from floundering negotiations on a U.K.-European Union trade deal.

The Stoxx Europe 600
SXXP,
+0.09%

opened with little change at all, and the German DAX
DAX,
+0.17%

and French CAC 40
PX1,
+0.31%

sported small advances.

The U.K. FTSE 100
UKX,
+0.53%

climbed 0.5%, as exporters got a boost from the drop in the British pound
GBPUSD,
-0.64%
.
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Source marketwatch.com

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