Europe: Edges higher
LONDON: European stock markets edged higher yesterday in cautious deals, with investors anxious over the ongoing United States government shutdown heading into the weekend.
Key US non-farm payrolls data had been scheduled for publication yesterday, but the shutdown has prevented the Labor Department's data collection and release.
In the afternoon deals, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index rose 0.16 per cent to 6,459.07 points and Frankfurt's DAX 30 added 0.01 per cent to 8,598.94 points while in Paris the CAC 40 won 0.64 per cent to 4,154.36 points.
"Without the non-farm payroll data, markets look likely to meander into the close as we await news over the weekend as to when an end to the impasse might come," CMC analyst said. AFP