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Global Stock Indices Mixed as European Data Disappoints

Weak European economic data tempers early enthusiasm about reassuring Federal Reserve minutes to result in a mixed trading picture on Thursday. In Frankfurt the European Central Bank says policymakers want to keep monetary policy loose and flexible; in London retailer Marks & Spencer rises sharply, then falls, as investors opt for a glass-half-empty reading of fourth-quarter sales; and in Paris LVMH rises on strong fashion and leather goods sales growth.