European shares up slightly, markets optimistic about limited Omicron fallout

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(Corrects to fix typo in headline) By Elizabeth Howcroft LONDON (Reuters) – European equities edged slightly higher on Wednesday, with markets optimistic that the Omicron coronavirus variant would only have a limited economic fallout, even as global cases surged and more countries announced restrictions. Europe’s STOXX 600 rose 0.1% at 0857 GMT and the MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 50 countries, was also up 0.1%. Asian shares were broadly higher amid thin year-end liquidity. But London’s FTSE 100 was down 0.2% and Wall Street futures were in the red. The slight gains in Europ…

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