London, Dec 31, 2015 (AFP) – The London and Paris stock markets dipped in opening trade on Thursday ahead of an early finish, as investors wound down for New Year celebrations.
Britain’s benchmark FTSE 100 index lost almost 0.3 percent to 6,257.5 points compared with Wednesday’s closing level.
In the eurozone, France’s CAC 40 index shed 0.4 percent to 4,657.0 points.
Both key markets are only open for a half-day session on New Year’s Eve, with London closing at 1230 GMT and Paris at 1300 GMT.
Germany’s DAX 30 index had its final trading session on Wednesday, ending with a loss of 1.1 percent in holiday-shortened deals.
However, the DAX finished 2015 with an impressive annual gain of 9.56 percent, in a year that was buoyed by the European Central Bank’s vast economic stimulus measures.