Major European Stock Markets Ended with Widespread Losses

Major European stock markets ended with widespread losses by raising concerns about Europe's debt after Moody's downgraded the status of Ireland in five steps. The markets reacted gloomily to the decision of Moody's, which warned that further cuts could occur if Dublin was not able to stabilize the situation, besides that put the rating under review for possible downgrade Greece.

At the conclusion of the trading day in Europe, the Milan MIB Index posted the biggest drop and closed with a negative 1.46 percent, followed by Madrid's Ibex-35 was left with a low of 1.12 percent. In currency trading, the European Central Bank (ECB) fixed the official rate of the euro against the dollar at 1.3260, an increase of 0.0022 units (0.02 percent) from its listing last Thursday of 1.3238 dollars per unit.

Following the closure of the trading day on Friday in the major stock exchanges in Europe:

Stock Index Close (Previous / Current) Percent Variation

London FTSE-100 5,881.12 / 5,871.75 -9.37 -0.16%

Paris CAC-40 3,888.36 / 3,867.35 -21.01 -0.54%

Frankfurt DAX 7,024.40 / 6,982.45 -41.95 -0.60%

Zurich SMI 6,566.17 / 6,538.16 -28.01 -0.43%

Madrid Ibex-35 10,010.30 / 9,898.10 -112.20 -1.12%

Milan MIB Index 20,366.60 / 20,069.20 -297.44 -1.46%

Lisbon PSI-20 7,833.63 / 7,786.42 -47.21 -0.60%

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