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Thursday 11th of June 2009
June 9, 2009

Thomas Cook Group leads 100 with 10 percent gain

by Elaine Frei
Thomas Cook Group leads 100 with 10 percent gain

European equities markets were mixed Tuesday, with most up but a few lower.

In London the FTSE 100 dropped 0.01 percent to 4,404.79 while the FTSE 250 added 0.05 percent to 7,691.65.

Travel agent Thomas Cook Group (LSE: TCG) saw the best result of the day on the 100 as it added 10.04 percent while insurer Aviva (LSE: AV) dropped 2.82 percent for the worst performance of the day on the index.

The FTSE Eurofirst 300 added 0.51 percent to 869.56 while the CAC-40 was up 0.21 percent to 3,296.73 and the IBEX gained 1.08 percent to 9,497.7 but the Dax dropped 0.14 percent to 4,997.86.

Most markets in the Asia-Pacific region were lower on the session.

In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 was 0.8 percent lower to 9,786.82 while the Topix index fell 0.93 percent to 918.24 and the Mothers market dropped 2.31 percent to 396.55.

Markets were lower in Australia after being closed Monday for a public holiday as the Sydney Ordinaries fell 0.89 percent to 3,933.6 while the S&P/ASX200 dropped 0.91 percent to 3,934.9.

The Hang Seng was down 1.07 percent to 18,058.49 while the Kospi was 1.54 percent lower to 1,371.84 and the Taiex dropped 3.22 percent to 6,414.39.

Gainers in the region included the Straits Times Index, which added 0.69 percent to 2,349.87 while the Shanghai composite was up 0.71 percent to 2,787.89 and the Sensex gained 3.14 percent to 15,127.

New York markets were mixed in afternoon trade as the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 0.04 percent lower at just past 1:30 p.m. local time while the Nasdaq Composite had added 0.87 percent to 1,858.34 and the S&P 500 was 0.24 percent higher to 941.35.

Prices for crude oil, precious and base metals, and grains were all higher on the session, with West Texas Intermediate crude closing above $70 for the first time this year in New York.

The pound strengthened but the US dollar was weaker.

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