MADRID (MarketWatch) -- European stock markets fell on Wednesday, pulling back from a sharp rally the prior day, with banks and oil stocks contributing to losses. The Stoxx Europe 600 index fell 0.2% to 259.06, with Banco Santander SA down 1.5% and Siemens AG off 1%, while BP PLC lost 0.5%. Shares of Heineken
NV rose 3.5% as the brewer reported a profit rise, while ASML
Holding NV fell 2.6% after the chip-equipment maker posted a fall in profit. The German DAX 30 index fell 0.2% to 6,785.75, the French CAC 40 index fell 0.3% to 3,281.08 and the FTSE 100 index was flat at 5,768.69. Shares of Tesco PLC rose over 2% after the retailer reported a full-year profit rise.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
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