Germany’s DAX dipped into the red to fall 0.3 percent. REUTERS
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European shares rose Wednesday, led by Dutch insurer Aegon following a business update, with better-than-expected Chinese trade data also providing support.The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 rose 0.2 percent to 1,352 points by 1536 GMT, extending Tuesday's gains. Earlier in the session the index hit a high of 1,374 points. The European mining and energy indexes gained 1.5 percent and 2.4 percent respectively, helped by rises in Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, BP and Royal Dutch Shell of between 1.1 and 5 percent.Aegon surged 9.6 percent, making it the biggest gainer in the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index. Earlier Wednesday, sentiment was lifted slightly after data showed China's total trade fell far less than expected in December.
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