MADRID (MarketWatch) -- European stock markets traded in tight ranges at the open on Friday as investors counted down to a key speech by U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Shares of the Stoxx Europe 600 index /quotes/zigman/2380150 XX:SXXP -0.13% fell 0.2% to 264.51, led by a 5.3% drop for Aeroports de Paris SA /quotes/zigman/421314 FR:ADP +0.06% , which reported results. Iliad SA /quotes/zigman/259579 FR:ILD 0.00% rose 3.6% and Hermes International SCA /quotes/zigman/129437 FR:RMS +0.72% rose 3.3% after those companies reported their respective results. The German DAX 30 index /quotes/zigman/2380246 DX:DAX -0.17% rose 0.1% to 6,903.07, the French CAC 40 index /quotes/zigman/3173214 FR:PX1 -0.16% was flat at 3,380.09 and the FTSE 100 index /quotes/zigman/3173262 UK:UKX +0.06% was flat at 5,714.72.
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Europe stocks sit tight with all eyes on Bernanke