LONDON: Europe’s main stock markets diverged Friday as dealers awaited news on a deal over Greece’s finances next week, while tracking unrest in Yemen.
London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index fell 0.36 percent to stand at 6,870.24 points in midday deals.
Frankfurt’s DAX 30 rose 0.65 percent to 11,920.80 points and the CAC 40 in Paris gained 0.58 percent to 5,035.21 compared with the close on Thursday.
The euro dropped to $1.0856 from $1.0884 late in New York on Thursday.
Focus remained on Greece, as Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann says he is opposed to giving the troubled eurozone country more emergency loans, charging the new government in Athens with frittering away a lot of trust.
Greece is currently trying to reach a long-awaited accord with its creditors providing funds vital to avert a state default.
“Greece is still worrying the euro, as the market waits for a detailed list of reforms from the Greek government on Monday,” said dealer Phil McHugh at trading firm Currencies Direct.