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It's not banking or mining shares, but rather technology stocks, that have come up trumps in Europe this year and are poised to end the first quarter as the best-performing sector.The U.S. sector, at $4.3 trillion, is worth more than eight times Europe's.Investors, however, have been quietly buying into a European industry they see as being at the heart of disruptive digital developments across a slew of sectors.The mining sector was the standout performer in Europe over the course of 2016, gaining 61.9 percent, followed by oil stocks which rose 22.9 percent – far ahead of technology firm shares which were up 3.4 percent.These trends were expected to continue into 2017, but so far banks are only up 4.6 percent in the first quarter, miners are up 6.2 percent and oil stocks are down more than 3 percent.The stock, up 33 percent this year, is the fund's biggest holding.
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