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September 10, 2009    

Thomas Cook Group leads gainers on 100

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by Elaine Frei
Thomas Cook Group leads gainers on 100

European equities markets were mixed Thursday.

The FTSE 100 was 0.33 percent lower to 4,987.68 in London, while the FTSE 250 fell 0.12 percent to 9,125.71.

Travel-related shares did better as Thomas Cook Group (LSE: TCG) added 4.61 percent to lead the 100 and TUI Travel (LSE: TT) gained 4.17 percent.

The FTSE Eurofirst 300 managed to add 0.07 percent to 988.52 and the Dax was up 0.37 percent to 5,594.77, but the CAC-40 was down 0.05 percent to 3,705.87 and the IBEX dropped 1.06 percent to 11,340.8.

Most markets in the Asia-Pacific region were higher on the session, with both the Nikkei 225 and the Topix index in Tokyo seeing their biggest one-day rise in two weeks.

The Nikkei was 1.95 percent higher to 10,513.67 while the Topix index added 1.98 percent to 958.49 and the Mothers market gained 2.65 percent to 459.72.

India’s Sensex added 0.21 percent to 16,216.86 while in Australia the Sydney Ordinaries gained 1.02 percent to 4,573.5 and the S&P/ASX200 was up 1.07 percent to 4,570.8.

The Hang Seng was 1.05 percent higher to 21,069.56, the Taiex added 1.12 percent to 7,332.08, the Straits Times Index was up 1.19 percent to 2,682.02 and the Kospi gained 2.3 percent to 1,644.68.

In China, the Shanghai Composite dropped 0.73 percent to 2,924.88.

New York markets were up a bit after the US Labor Department reported a decline to 550,000 in new jobless claims filings last week, while in the latest available data the number of individuals receiving continuing unemployment benefits were down 159,000 to around 6.1 million.

At just before 1 p.m. in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.35 percent to 8,580.78 while the Nasdaq Composite had added 0.47 percent to 2,070.04 and the S&P 500 was 0.37 percent higher to 1,037.17.

Crude oil prices and Chicago grains futures were higher, but most metals prices were lower on the session.

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