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Global Markets Update: Construction & Industrials Lead Way in Europe

Friday, 30 Dec 2011 | 6:05 AM ET

In the UK, stocks are down. In Italy, insurers lead the way. Overall, construction and industrials are among the best performing European sectors. Euro pressure continues, although the European currency recoups some losses after hitting a 15-month low yesterday. European stocks are set for their worst yearly performance since 2008. And Spain's new prime minister expected to announce billions in new spending cuts.