European stock markets open steadily before ECB

Europe's main stock markets opened steadily on Thursday ahead of the European Central Bank's latest monetary policy meeting.

Frankfurt's DAX 30 nudged down 0.03 percent to 9,620.87 points and the CAC 40 in Paris was flat at 4,431.11 points. London's FTSE 100 index grew by 0.11 percent in value to stand at 6,666.13 compared with Wednesday's closing values.