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June 4 (Reuters) - A European stock market rally paused on Thursday, with investors focussing on a European Central Bank meeting where policymakers are expected to provide more aid for the battered euro zone economy.
Equity markets have bounced strongly this week, with Wall Street's tech-heavy Nasdaq .IXIC nearing record levels as signs of recovery from a coronavirus-forced recession, optimism over a COVID-19 vaccine and hopes of more stimulus boosted risk appetite.
Investors expect the ECB to upsize bond purchases by 500 billion euros ($560.25 billion), but the only question is whether it will act on Thursday or hold out until July as a deal on European Union-wide fiscal support strengthens the case for patience. Germany's coalition parties agreed a 130-billion-euros stimulus package to speed up a recovery from the coronavirus on Wednesday, but shares in Daimler DAIGn.DE , BMW BMWG.DE and Volkswagen VOWG_p.DE slid between 2.6% and 4.5% as the packaged favoured electric cars. spirits company Remy Cointreau RCOP.PA jumped 6.9% after it predicted a strong recovery in the second half, driven by China and the United States. = 0.8925 euros)
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