LONDON ( The Deal) -- European stocks were mixed on Wednesday, ahead of the release of Federal Reserve minutes from its Oct. 28-29 meeting later Wednesday.
In London, Bank of England minutes showed that two of the nine members of its monetary policy committee voted at its Nov. 5-6 meeting to raise rates beyond their historic low 0.5%, where they have been for more than five and a half years. Ian McCafferty and Martin Weale advocated a quarter-point rise.
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The Fed will release its own minutes after the end of the European business day.
In London, the FTSE 100 slipped 0.12% to 6,701.13, with mining stocks BHP Billiton (BHP) , Rio Tinto (RIO) , Anglo American (AAUKY) and Glencore (GLNCY) all down with falling iron ore prices.
In Frankfurt, the DAX climbed 0.40% to 9,494.29 and in Paris the CAC 40 added 0.19% to 4,270.54.
In China, indices gave up some of the gains they had made because of a new link between Shanghai and Hong Kong exchanges. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng closed down 0.66% at 23,373.31.
In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 closed down 0.32% at 17,288.75.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the dissolution of parliament on Nov. 21 and said a sales-tax increase would be delayed for 18 months after news earlier this week that the economy is back in recession.