European stocks close mixed amid hopes for Brexit trade deal; UK banks jump


Key Points
  • Britain’s FTSE 100 closed up by around 0.1% after a choppy holiday-shortened session, while France’s CAC lost nearly 0.1%.
  • The German and Italian markets are closed for Christmas Eve.
  • Britain and the European Union are said to be on the cusp of striking a post-Brexit trade deal on Thursday.


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