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What are some European stock market indices?

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European stock market indices include the FTSE 100 of the United Kingdom, the CAC 40 of France and the DAX of Germany, according to CNN Money. These indices are made up of the largest companies in terms of market capitalization in these countries.

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The FTSE 100 is composed of the top 100 blue chip companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, and the FTSE 100 Total Return Index combines income and capital performance of each member company to calculate the total return of the FTSE 100 index, says the FTSE. As of July 2015, it includes companies such as Lloyds Banking, Glencore, Vodafone Group, Barclays and BP, according to Investing.com.

The CAC 40 is made up of stocks of the 40 largest French companies traded on the Paris Bourse, providing a snapshot of the bourse's general direction, says Investopedia. As of July 2015, it includes companies such as Alcatel Lucent, Arcelor Mittal, BNP Paribas, Peugeot and GDF Suez, according to Investing.com.

The DAX index consists of the 30 biggest German companies whose stocks trade on the Frankfurt Exchange. These companies hold about 75 percent of the total market capital that is bought and sold on the exchange, according to Investopedia. As of July 2015, some companies in the DAX are Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Bank, BASF, Daimler and Lufthansa, notes Investing.com.

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