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European Shares Rise, Led by Health Care Stocks

LONDON ( The Deal) -- European stocks maintained their positive momentum on Thursday, with health care stocks and U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer (MAKSY) among the morning's top gainers.

In London, the FTSE 100 was up 0.33% at 6,182.11, while in Frankfurt the DAX added 0.33% to 9,656, and in Paris the CAC 40 added 0.47% to 4,304.63.

S&P 500 futures were down 0.30%.

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European markets took some inspiration from Wednesday's Wall Street bounce on the latest dovish signals from the Federal Reserve, with minutes from the Fed's March meeting showing a cautious approach to raising interest rates.

The European Central Bank may add to the good mood later Thursday when it releases notes from its own March monetary policy gathering, which are due out early afternoon Frankfurt time.

In London, health care stocks added to Thursday's gains a day after Pfizer (PFE - Get Report) canceled its $160 billion deal for Allergan (AGN - Get Report) , fueling expectations of...