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European stocks steady at open

Reported by AAP
Thursday, June 5, 2014
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Europe's main stock markets have been steady at the start of trading, with the ECB widely expected to announce a cut in eurozone interest rates.

Frankfurt's DAX 30 index edged up 0.03 per cent on Thursday to 9,929.41 points and the CAC 40 in Paris gained 0.07 per cent to 4,504.06.

London's FTSE 100 index of top companies opened flat, standing at 6,818.15 points compared with Wednesday's closing level.

The European Central Bank is forecast to cut its key interest rates on Thursday and unveil other unconventional measures in a battle against deflation, analysts said.

After effectively pre-announcing a move last month and carefully priming the financial markets for action since then, the ECB's governing council is finally expected to deliver at its regular monthly policy meeting in Frankfurt.

The ECB has held its key interest rates steady at their current all-time lows - of 0.75 per cent, 0.25 per cent and zero per cent respectively - since November.

Also on Thursday, the Bank of England is expected to keep its main interest rate at a record-low 0.50 per cent.

23/11/2014 16:39Sydney, Australia. 23 November,2014
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