Europe Markets: European stocks end mixed; miners gain

European stock markets closed mixed in light postholiday trade on Wednesday, with miners pushing higher, while Italian banks led decliners on ongoing concerns about the future of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena.

The Stoxx Europe 600 index SXXP, +0.29% rose 0.3% to close at 361.53, after rising 0.1% on Tuesday, which was the first trading day after Christmas.

BHP Billiton PLC BLT, +4.29%BHP, +1.63%BHP, +3.29% was among the biggest gainers, up 4.3%, tracking gains from the Australian session where the mining sector led the benchmark S&P ASX 200 XJO, +1.01% to the highest close since August 2015.

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