European stock markets slide at open

London: European stock markets slid at the open Thursday, though losses were not as sharp as in Asia or overnight on Wall Street, as traders await policy updates from the European Central Bank.

London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index dropped 0.8 percent to 6,907.60 points.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt’s DAX 30 index shed 0.8 percent to 11,098.68 points and the Paris CAC 40 lost 0.4 percent to 4,933.95.