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European shares gained today, with results driving specific stock moves, while basic resources were the top sector performers. Donald Trump pledged $1 trillion of infrastructure spending in his first speech to Congress. The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.7 percent, with Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 outperforming peers, gaining 1 percent.

U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to boost the U.S. economy with tax relief, an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act and an infrastructure push. In Europe, the construction firm CRH was at the top of the benchmark in mid-morning trade, up by more than 4 percent, after announcing its 2016 results. That place had been taken earlier by the French manufacturer Moncler.

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