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    09.03.2016 11:00 European stock markets mid session: stocks traded higher

    Stock indices traded higher, driven by a rise in banking and telecom shares. Expectations for further stimulus measures by the European Central Bank (ECB) also supported stocks. Market participants expect the central bank to cut its deposit further or/ and to expand its monthly asset purchases. The ECB's is -0.3%, and monthly asset purchases total €60 billion.

    No major economic reports were released today.

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released its manufacturing and industrial production figures for the U.K. on Wednesday. Industrial production in the U.K. rose 0.3% in January, missing forecasts of a 0.5% increase, after a 1.1% decline in December.

    The increase was mainly driven by a gain in water supply, sewerage & waste management, which soared 9.3% in January.

    On a yearly basis, industrial production in the U.K. increased 0.2% in January, in line with expectations, after a 0.2% decrease in December. December's figure was revised up from a 0.4% fall.

    Manufacturing production in the U.K. climbed 0.7% in January, exceeding expectations for a 0.2% gain, after a 0.3% decrease in December. December's figure was revised down from a 0.2% drop.

    Manufacturing output was mainly driven by a rise in other manufacturing and repair, which climbed by 4.8% in January.

    On a yearly basis, manufacturing production in the U.K. decreased 0.1% in January, beating forecast of a 0.7% fall, after a 1.7% drop in December.

    Current figures:

    Name Price Change Change %

    FTSE 100 6,131.6 6.16 0.10 %

    DAX 9,737.97 45.15 0.47 %

    CAC 40 4,426.72 22.70 0.52 %

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