European stocks close higher

(AGI) Rome, July 11 - European stocks closed slightly higherafter Thursday's sharp dive, triggered by concerns over thefinancial strength of the Portuguese Banco Espirito Santo.Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho said that thecountry's largest bank had solid capital levels and acomfortable margin to face up to any contingencies. Shares inthe bank resumed trading on Friday, dropping 5.30 percent.Lisbon closed 0.62 percent higher. The Frankfurt DAX rose 0.07percent to 9,666.34 points, the Paris CAC 40 gained 0.35percent to 4,316.50 points and Milan's FTSE MIB was up 0.62percent to 20,614.86 points. London's

(AGI) Rome, July 11 - European stocks closed slightly higherafter Thursday's sharp dive, triggered by concerns over thefinancial strength of the Portuguese Banco Espirito Santo.Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho said that thecountry's largest bank had solid capital levels and acomfortable margin to face up to any contingencies. Shares inthe bank resumed trading on Friday, dropping 5.30 percent.Lisbon closed 0.62 percent higher. The Frankfurt DAX rose 0.07percent to 9,666.34 points, the Paris CAC 40 gained 0.35percent to 4,316.50 points and Milan's FTSE MIB was up 0.62percent to 20,614.86 points. London's FTSE 100 rose 0.07percent to 6,677.08 points and the Madrid IBEX gained 0.05percent to 10,358.8 points. . .