European stock markets close lower as ECB leaves rates unchanged with no new stimulus

European stock markets ended lower on Thursday after the European Central Bank (ECB) kept interest rates unchanged, said its existing stimulus measures were sufficient and likely to be used in full, and offered a slightly more optimistic view of the economy.

Stoxx Europe 600 lost 0.58%
German stock index – DAX fell 0.26%
French stock index – CAC 40 dropped 0.38%
UK stock index – FTSE 100 inched lower 0.16%
Italy’s stock index – FTSE MIB rose 0.25%
Spain’s stock index – IBEX 35 slipped 0.31%
Russia’s stock index – IMOEX advanced 0.75%
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