European stocks slumped on Thursday, with mining stocks losing ground after minutes from the last Federal Reserve interest-rate-setting committee indicating it was soon going to start reducing the rate of bond purchases.
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The Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, -1.80% fell 2% to 464.82, in the first opportunity for investors in Europe to react to the Fed news.
U.S. stock market futures ES00, -0.63% also dropped.