European stocks mixed ahead of ECB meeting

Europe's main stock markets fell back from solid gains in early trading to close with mixed results on Wednesday, as London's FTSE 100 index of leading companies slipped by a slight 0.07 percent to 6,427.64 points.

Frankfurt's DAX 30 gained 0.62 percent to reach a more than five-year high of 7,919.33 points, while in Paris the CAC 40 declined by 0.35 percent to 3,773.76 points, as markets awaited a monthly rate-setting meeting by the European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday.