European shares open slightly higher led by healthcare, miners
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MILAN, April 7 (Reuters) - European shares were slightly higher in early deals on Thursday led by gains in mining and healthcare stocks, but gains were capped by some stocks such as Daimler going ex-dividend.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.17 percent by 0722 GMT after gaining 0.8 percent in the previous session.
Healthcare stocks, up 0.9 percent, were the top sectoral gainers for a second session after the termination of the mega Pfizer/Allergan merger deal fuelled talk of other consolidation activity in the sector.
Miners were also up by 0.7 percent.
Wirecard rose 3 percent after the German payments processor reported a rise in full-year profits and proposed lifting its dividend.
German carmaker Daimler fell more than 3 percent. Among other stocks going ex dividend were Skanska and Pearson which fell 5.2 percent and 6.3 percent respectively.