LONDON ( The Deal) -- European stock indices were little changed on Wednesday after strong consumer and durable goods data propelled U.S. stock markets to record highs in New York.
In Gaza, Israel and Hamas signed up to an Egypt-brokered ceasefire, while in Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said his government will prepare a "road map" to end its civil war after Poroshenko's first talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin ended without a breakthrough.
GfK's July consumer confidence index for Germany unexpectedly fell for the first time since January 2013. Meanwhile, import prices fell faster than expected in July, declining 1.7% year-on-year and 0.4% from June, the Federal Statistical Office said.
In London, the FTSE 100 was up 0.08% at 6,828.67. In Frankfurt, the DAX was down 0.06% at 9,582.40. The CAC in Paris was down 0.07% at 4,390.30.
In London, Fyffes was up well over 3% in London after the banana distributor lifted its full-year Ebita target and, together with merger partner Chiquita Brands (CQB) , disclosed that it had found another $20 million of expected synergies from a union that the companies now say could close as early as October.
Discount carrier Ryanair Holdings (RYAAY) gained more than 3% in London after launching a new type of ticket to lure in business customers.
But infrastructure services provider Balfour Beatty, which has rejected a string of takeover proposals from peer Carillion, fell marginally after directors lifted the value of its so-called public private partnership portfolio by 46% to almost 1.1 billion pounds ($1.8 billion).