American depository receipts of European stocks were 0.4% higher at 140.53 on the Bank of New York Mellon Europe ADR Index on Thursday morning.
Gainers in Continental Europe were led by Zealand Pharma ( ZEAL ), up by 12.1%, followed by CGG ( CGG ), a manufacturer of geophysical equipment, 5.2% higher and argenx ( ARGX ), a pharmaceutical company, up by 5.1%. Forward Pharma ( FWP ) was 3.7% higher.
In the UK, NuCana ( NCNA ), a biopharmaceutical company, was 5.4% higher, followed by BT Group (BT), a communications services company, 2.7% higher and Adaptimmune Therapeutics (ADAP), up by 1.7%. WPP (WPPGY), a provider of advertising and marketing services, was 1.6% higher.
Decliners in Continental Europe were led by VEON Com (VEON), a telecommunications services company, and Erytech Pharma (ERYP), both 1.5% lower, followed by DBV Technologies (DBVT), a French clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, down by 1.3% and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (ERIC), a telecommunications company, 0.5% lower.
And, in the UK, Ryanair (RYAAY), a low-cost airline, was 2.6% lower, followed by Carnival (CUK), a cruise vacation company, down by 1.7% and Barclays Bank – Series 5 Pref D(BCS PRD), down by 1.4%. AstraZeneca (AZN), a pharmaceutical company, was 1.3% lower.
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