LONDON | European stocks higher as Brent crude breaches $80 a barrel
LONDON — European stocks brushed aside earlier losses in Asia to rise solidly Thursday with oil companies in demand as the international measure of oil struck its highest level in three-and-a-half years after French oil giant Total threatened to pull out of Iran.
In Europe, Britain’s FTSE 100 was up 0.3 percent to 7,754 while France’s CAC 40 rose 0.5 percent to 5,592. Germany’s DAX advanced 0.3 percent to 13,037. Futures augured a sluggish start on Wall Street.