European Equities Close Mixed After German Data

European shares closed mixed on Monday, with sentiment boosted by speculation of more credit easing in the euro zone and better-than-expected data from Germany.

The pan-European Euro Stoxx 600 Index closed around 0.1 percent higher at 345.72, and most of the major European bourses also closed up.

The French CAC and German DAX both closed provisionally 0.6 percent higher.  The Spanish IBEX outperformed, closing provisionally 1.2 percent higher, boosted by a strong performance from banks including Banco Santander, Bankia and Banco Popular.

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