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European shares end higher after China stimulus

Europe ends higher after China stimulus, Greece in spotlight

European markets ended higher Monday, after China's central bank cut the amount of money that banks must hold as reserves.

The pan-European Euro Stoxx 600 Index closed around 0.7 percent higher after a selloff on Friday, with all major bourses pushing into positive territory.

Mining stocks - which have a heavy exposure to China - were the major outperformers. Anglo Amercian, Rio Tinto and Glencore all posted modest gains and helped the FTSE 100 higher to close around 0.8 percent higher.

The French CAC also provisionally ended 0.8 percent up, while German stocks outperformed their European counterparts, rallying to close around 1.7 percent higher.

China boost

European markets followed their Asian counterparts higher on Monday after China's central bank on Sunday lowered the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) for all banks by 100 basis points. The wider-than-expected cut was the second reduction in two months, as the world's second-largest economy attempts to combat slowing growth.

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The news also saw U.S. stocks gains more than 1 percent early during Wall Street trading.

Back in Europe, Volkswagen was the only stock on the DAX to close in negative territory. Shares ended down around 1.9 percent, in the wake of a dramatic confrontation between Chairman Ferdinand Piech and senior board members last week.

Meanwhile, shares of Telenet Group Holdings closed around 5.7 percent higher after reports that it will acquire BASE Company from Dutch firm KPN for $1.43 billion. Shares of the KPN closed around 3.1 percent higher.

British-based Victrex also posted gains, finishing up around 2.3 percent, after an analyst upgrade from BNP Paribas.

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