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Jan 12 (Reuters) - European stocks steadied on Tuesday after declining in the last session, as investors looked to the upcoming earnings season and focused on the prospect of larger U.S. stimulus under incoming president Joe Biden.
Investors booked profits on Monday following last week's rally after a Democrat sweep in the U.S. Senate elections raised expectations of larger U.S. fiscal stimulus.
Danish shipping company Maersk MAERSKb.CO rose 2.8% after brokerage Berenberg upgraded the stock to "buy", saying earnings momentum driven by freight prices could see the stock run higher. online gaming company Kindred KINDsdb.ST jumped 5% after it reported strong business momentum through the fourth quarter, while Renault SA RENA.PA rose 1.5% after the French automaker said its started 2021 with a higher level of orders than in 2019.
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