European stocks remain flat

<p>European markets have remained flat as the FTSE Eurofirst experienced a loss of 0.3 per cent.</p>

European stock markets have remained flat in early trading this morning (February 18th) as investors stay cautious despite positive shares data in Asia.

The FTSE All-World index stayed at unchanged levels as the FTSE Eurofirst suffered losses of 0.3 per cent today, while the Asia Pacific benchmark advanced by 0.6 per cent.

Analysts have expressed caution regarding investments in the eurozone due to the ongoing struggle to rediscover the confidence that has pushed some equity barometers to highs that have not been reached in several years.

Activity in Asian markets was bolstered with the return of China to trading following the Lunar New Year, but this is set to be counteracted by Wall Street's closure on President's Day today.

Japanese stocks currently stand less than one per cent before a recent four-year high, although economists have noted the results remain well below the record levels recorded in the early 1990s.

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