PARIS (Reuters) – European stock markets opened higher on Thursday, while the markets were not very lively for the penultimate session of the year and before the publication of weekly unemployment claims in the United States.

In Paris, the CAC 40 advanced 0.15% to 7,583.15 points around 08:25 GMT. In Frankfurt, the Dax gained 0.17%, compared to 0.25% for the FTSE in London.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index takes 0.25%, the EuroStoxx 50 0.18% and the Stoxx 600 0.3%.

Futures on New York indices suggest a mixed opening on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones expected to be stable, compared to an increase of 0.12% for the Standard & Poor’s 500 and 0.24% for the Nasdaq.

In the absence of new indicators or statements from central bankers, traders continue to bet that the central banks of developed countries will quickly lower their rates next year.

New unemployment claims in the United States for the week ending December 23 will be published at 1:30 p.m. GMT, and a surprise on the indicator, up slightly compared to the previous week, could liven up trading.

In terms of values, Vestas Wind Systems rose 2.07% after the Danish wind turbine manufacturer said it had received an order for 1,089 megawatts (MW) in the United States.

(Written by Corentin Chappron, edited by Kate Entringer)

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