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4/18, 9:22 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Stocks in Europe mixed before private sector data

Markets were mostly calm on Thursday during early trade on European stock exchanges and bracing for a snapshot about this month's corporate activity in the Eurozone and the United States, scheduled to be released by IHS Markit. The data from France already indicated a slight expansion in the nonmanufacturing sector and a mild pullback in factory output. Later in the day, the United Kingdom's statistical agency is set to publish retail sales figures for March, followed by an equivalent report in the US.

The FTSE 100 slipped only 0.06% at 9:20 am CET in London, led by BAE Systems' plunge of 2.35%. The German DAX was down 0.1%, with Wirecard tumbling 1.51% from yesterday's month-to-date high, snapping a three-day winning streak to plummet from the top to the bottom of the chart. The CAC 40 lost 0.27%. Kering was the worst performer among the French stocks, falling 5.4%.

Gold was unchanged at $1,273.77 per ounce. The euro was flat at $1.19962 and £0.8663. The pound retreated insignificantly to $1.3038. British and German sovereign debt securities were little changed.

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