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French Market Moderately Higher

The French market is moderately higher on Wednesday, amid bargain hunting, as some buoyant news on the M&A front in the region helped balance the negative sentiment triggered by concerns about the future of the stimulus programs. That said, markets in Asia fell to stimulus worries, as investors globally fear that other central banks may follow the Bank of Japan's inaction.

Eurozone industrial production grew 0.4 percent in April from a month ago, largely due to higher output of capital goods and non-durable consumer goods, data from Eurostat revealed. Industrial output was forecast to remain flat after rising 0.9 percent in March.

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in the U.K. decreased by 8,600 in May from April, the Office for National Statistics reported. The decline was sharper than the expected drop of 5,000. The claimant count rate remained unchanged at 4.5 percent as expected by economists.

The Euro Stoxx 50 index of eurozone bluechip stocks is adding 0.49 percent, while the Stoxx Europe 50 index, which includes some major U.K. companies, is gaining 0.36 percent.

The CAC 40 index is currently adding 0.4 percent.

EADS is rising 2.1 percent. The Airbus maker's new A350 plane is expected to perform its first flight in two days' time.

Gas utility GDF Suez is gaining 1.9 percent and drugmaker Sanofi is adding 1.3 percent.

Bucking the trend, Saint-Gobain is declining 3.5 percent and cement giant Lafarge is falling 2 percent.

Elsewhere in Europe, the German DAX and the UK's FTSE 100 are up marginally while Switzerland's SMI is moderately higher.

Across Asia/Pacific, markets were lower as stimulus concerns continued. Australia's All Ordinaries dropped 0.7 percent and Japan's Nikkei 225 slid 0.2 percent. The markets in China and Hong Kong were closed for holidays.

In the U.S., futures point to a higher open on Wall Street. In the previous session, stocks ended sharply lower, as lack of further action from the Bank of Japan to curb volatility in bond markets fueled concerns that global central banks may be less forthcoming with additional monetary stimulus. The Dow fell 0.8 percent, the Nasdaq lost 1.1 percent and the S&P 500 dropped a percent.

In the commodity space, crude for July delivery is adding $0.14 to $95.52 per barrel while August gold is losing $0.2 to $1376.8 a troy ounce.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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