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European stocks rebound as miners, autos rise | Reuters

European stocks gained on Wednesday as economically sensitive sectors such as miners and automakers recovered from sharp falls in the previous session, triggered by falling bond yields.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index gained 0.5% by 0716 GMT. The benchmark broke a three-day winning streak on Tuesday on the back of a sharp drop in U.S. and euro zone bond yields due to concerns about global economic recovery.

Miners, oil & gas companies and automakers , which bore the brunt of Tuesday’s sell-off, rose between 1.0% and 1.3%.

UK-listed oil major Royal Dutch Shell rose 2.7% after it said it would boost its returns to shareholders via share buybacks or dividends.

German software company SAP was up 2.7%, with traders pointing to a double upgrade to “buy” from Bank of America as the reason for the move.

Investors are awaiting the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy minutes later in the day, which could shed light on its plan to taper asset purchases. (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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