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  • European shares were higher in early afternoon trade on Wednesday despite preliminary growth data from the euro zone missing estimates.

  • European shares pared losses to close at five-year highs on Tuesday, after influential hedge fund manager David Tepper told CNBC he is "definitely bullish" on stocks.

  • European shares closed lower on Monday, having pared losses after retail sales data in the U.S. came in better-than-expected. However, shares remained near the five-year highs hit in last week's global rally.

  • European shares closed at 5-year highs on Friday, as stocks continued in risk-on mode. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index unofficially closed 0.3 percent higher at 2,781.58 points, its highest level since mid-2008.

  • European shares closed mixed on Thursday after better-than-expected data from the U.S.

  • The risk-on rally continued on Wednesday, with European shares extending gains to close higher, boosted by upbeat Chinese export data.

  • European shares closed higher following some better-than-expected earnings reports, and upbeat manufacturing data from German.

  • European stocks close off their lows Monday, amid hopes for further central bank stimulus and as investors largely shrugged off a tepid euro zone economic report.

  • European shares closed higher on Friday after non-farm payrolls data from the U.S. came in better-than-expected.

  • European shares rebounded to a higher close on Thursday, paring losses from when ECB President Mario Draghi confirmed the central bank would not deliver any extra stimulus. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 Index closed around 0.5 percent higher.

  • The U.K.'s FTSE 100 Index closed off its session highs on Wednesday, after worse-than-expected employment data was released in the U.S. Trade was thin, with most European bourses shut for the May Day public holiday.

  • European shares pared gains on Tuesday to close lower, after a raft of euro zone economic data softened earlier rises from positive earnings reports.

  • European shares closed higher on Monday after Italy's new Prime Minister announced his reform plans in his maiden speech to parliament.

  • European shares closed lower after U.S. growth figures missed expectations pointing to a potential slowdown in the world's biggest economy.

  • Risk appetite returned to European markets on Thursday, as investor confidence got a further boost from the news that the U.K. avoided a triple-dip recession in the first quarter.

  • European shares closed higher on Wednesday, after weak German business sentiment data spurred hopes the ECB might move to cut interest rates when it meets next week.

  • European shares closed sharply higher on Tuesday after a positive Spanish bond auction and better-than-expected French manufacturing data buoyed investor sentiment.

  • European shares closed mixed after disappointing corporate and macroeconomic reports from the U.S.

  • European shares closed higher on Friday, helped by a rally in mining stocks and better-than-expected output from Anglo American.

  • European shares closed mixed on Thursday, after a rally in technology shares was curbed when Nokia released disappointing earnings. Yet more weak U.S. data also weighed on investor sentiment.