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European shares open higher; Aegon leads gains among insurers

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    Aug 11 (Reuters) - European shares opened higher on Thursday
to extend gains from the previous session after data showed
signs of U.S. inflation cooling, while Dutch insurer Aegon
climbed after raising its full-year forecast.
    The pan-European STOXX 600 index  .STOXX  rose 0.4%, after
clocking its best session in nearly two weeks on Wednesday on
bets that the inflation reading will encourage the Federal
Reserve to become less aggressive on interest rates hikes.
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    Aegon  AEGN.AS  jumped 7.5%, to the top of the STOXX 600, as
it raised its forecasts for full-year operating capital
generation and 2021-2023 free cash flow.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2ZN08Z
    The European insurance sector index  .SXIP  was up 0.8% in
early trading, and was among the top gainers. 
    Zurich Insurance Group  ZURN.S  also added 1.3% as it
reported a better-than-expected rise in operating profit in the
first half.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N2ZN0MP

 (Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj
Kalluvila)
 ((Shreyashi.Sanyal@thomsonreuters.com; +1 646 223 8780; +91 961
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