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European stocks declined as miners fell after manufacturing data missed economists' estimates for the region and China. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index lost 0.3 percent to 338.19 at 3:44 p.m. in London. A gauge of mining stocks is heading for its worst three-day drop in more than a month, with iron-ore producers BHP Billiton Ltd. and Rio Tinto Group losing more than 2 percent. A gauge of mining stocks slipped 1.4 percent for one of the worst performances among 19 industry groups on the Stoxx 600 .Rio Tinto, the second largest, lost 2.4 percent, and Anglo American Plc fell 2.2 percent.Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA dropped 5.5 percent after selling 242 million new shares at 8.25 euros ($10.35) each.
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