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European bourses ended the day slighly lower Tuesday as investors braced themselves for a possible unilateral declaration of independence at the Catalan parliament, which, it is anticipated, would lead to turmoil on Spanish markets and beyond. Blue-chip indexes in Paris, Frankfurt and Milan closed flat, down 0.2 percent and 0.6 percent respectively, while Madrid's IBEX lagged European peers with a loss of 0.9 percent.The pan-European STOXX 600 was flat, helped by gains in London's FTSE 100, which ended the day up 0.4 percent with strong gains among domestic banks.Financial shares in Spain suffered, whith Banco Santander and Caixabank losing 3 and 2.2 percent.
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