Traders watch their screens when the German stock index DAX reached its highest level in history with more than 12 000 points in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, March 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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Royal Dutch Shell Plc rose 1 percent, while Premier Oil Plc added 8 percent, for the biggest increase on the equity benchmark.BHP Billiton Ltd. gained 1.9 percent and Fresnillo Plc jumped 5.4 percent.Among stocks moving on corporate news, HeidelbergCement AG climbed 0.9 percent, paring earlier advances of as much as 3.4 percent. Siemens AG slipped down 4.2 percent after Chief Executive Officer Joe Kaeser told investors that the falling oil price and operational difficulties are hurting profit and sales at Europe's biggest engineering company.Greece's ASE Index slid 1.9 percent, its lowest level since Jan. 30, and the worst performance of 18 western-European markets.
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