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European markets mixed as EU Summit takes place

FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - The German DAX 30 (+0.14%) and the Italian FTSE MIB (+0.09%) are edging higher while the French CAC 40 (-0.54%) and the Spanish IBEX 35 (-0.71%) fall on Friday as the EU Summit is at its last day, looking for solutions for the bailed out countries and to agree on a bailout deal to Cyprus, also with talks of growth measures. In regard to Cyprus, “leaders are trying to limit the cost of the government bailout by putting some of that cost on to bank depositors so if they have reached this compromise there is at least some risk we have the Cyprus bailout announced today”, wrote TD Securities analyst Tim Davis.

EMU CPI rose 0.4% as expected in February, retracing part of the -1.0% drop, with annualized data easing from 2.0% to 1.8%, also in line with consensus. Core data stayed at 1.3% (YoY). Labor cost eased from 1.8% (revised from 2.0%) to 1.3% in Q4.

Futures for the American S&P 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones 30 are signaling a mixed but quite flat opening ahead of the US CPI, industrial production, Reuters/Michigan consumer sentiment and NY Empire State manufacturing index.

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