Italy's main financial market closes higher
Milan, other European stock markets begin week on positive note21 January, 19:16
On the Milan Stock Exchange, the FTSE Mib closed 0.44% higher in trading, to end the day at 17,631 points.
European investors may have been enjoying a break from negative news out of the United States, where trading was closed on Wall Street due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a national holiday.
They did receive some good news out of Germany, where the country's central bank forecast a stronger 2013 for Europe's largest economy.
Meanwhile, the spread between Italy's benchmark 10-year bond and its ultra-safe German counterpart closed at 263.2 basis points, up very slightly from last Friday's close of 261 basis points.
The yield on 10-year Italian paper stood at 4.22%.
In other European markets, Frankfurt's DAX gained 0.61% to reach 7,748.86 points, while London's FTSE 100 climbed by 0.43% to close at 6,180.98 points, Paris's CAC 40 ended the day 0.57% higher to 3,763.03 points and Spain's IBEX 35 closed trading 0.72% higher at 8,665.90 points.