LONDON, Sept 8 European stock markets were
steady in early trading on Thursday, leaving a leading regional
index near eight-month highs, with many investors focusing on a
European Central Bank (ECB) meeting later in the day.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 0.1
percent, near its highest level in eight months.
Shares in British software group Micro Focus surged
20 percent, the best-performing stock on the STOXX 600 index,
after sealing an $8.8 billion deal with Hewlett Packard
The euro zone economy is widely expected to need more
stimulus from the European Central Bank, but it may not come at
the bank's policy meeting on Thursday.
Growth and inflation remain weak, but the ECB has already
exhausted much of its firepower, so ECB President Mario Draghi
has to pick his time and probably has enough arguments to wait a
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta, editing by Larry King)