Wall Street sees gains while European shares close lower

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US stocks ended higher after falling initially at rates over 1 percent. European shares closed lower after an earlier high, and the Nikkei average fell as the euro's value dropped.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 5.67 points, or 0.05 percent, closing at 10,625.83. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index gained 1.26 points, or 0.11 percent, at 1,136.94. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 7.38 points, or 0.31 percent, at 2,354.23.

European shares ended lower, with miners weak as metals prices fell on a strengthening dollar, while gains in defensive food producers and drugmakers limited wider losses.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index of top shares closed 0.1 percent lower at 1,013.06 points, after climbing to a high of 1,025.78 earlier in the session.

Japan's Nikkei average fell 2.2 percent to a 10-week closing low as the euro's tumble to a four-year trough chilled investor sentiment and fanned worries that the euro zone's fiscal woes could slow global economic growth.

The benchmark Nikkei lost 226.75 points to 10,235.76, its lowest close since early March, although it early fell nearly 3 percent to 10,158.30.

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