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European shares end mixed; Airbus slumps

Europe shares end mixed despite China stimulus; Airbus falls
Europe shares end mixed despite China stimulus; Airbus falls

European equities finished mixed on Monday, with the French index the worst performer out of the major bourses, dragged down by shares of Airbus.

The French benchmark CAC closed provisionally 1.3 percent lower, while London's FTSE 100 and the German DAX ended unofficially 0.3 percent lower and 0.4 percent lower respectively.

Airbus shares slipped as much as 3.5 percent after one of its military transport planes crashed on a test flight over the weekend. Shares of Mtu Aero Engines, a supplier of parts to Airbus, sank 2.7 percent.

European markets

The pan-European Euro Stoxx 600 index closed around 0.3 percent higher, led by food retailers Delhaize and Ahold. Shares of both the Belgium and the Dutch company surged on reports of merger talks.

Delhaize topped the Stoxx 600, closing up 14.5 percent, while Ahold was in third-place, ending 5.5 percent higher.

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Elsewhere, Greece's reform talks with the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers, continued on Monday. The Greek government remains hopeful that the talks will lead to vital aid being released, which will enable the country to avoid default.

Reuters reported on Monday that Greece had paid around 750 million euros due to the International Monetary Fund on Monday, one day before the deadline. This was reported after Greek markets had closed, with the benchmark Athens Composite index ending down around 2.5 percent.

U.S. stocks traded in a narrow range on Monday, following a strong rally on Friday's jobs report, as investors awaited the week's data releases.

Asian stock markets advanced on Monday following China's decision to implement its third interest rate cut since November.

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