MILAN – European stock markets had a slow start to the final session of the week. The signals that arrived yesterday are still influencing the markets as the US GDP grows faster than expected and the ECB keeps its doors closed on the issue of interest rate hikes, urging observers to expect a first cut until the summer at the earliest. There is a subdued development in Asia, where Intel’s disappointing results weigh heavily. Tokyo fell sharply, with the Nikkei closing at -1.34%.