MADRID (MarketWatch) -- European stock markets opened mostly flat on Thursday as investors appeared to take a breather from the prior session's rally and amid cautious trading in the Asian session. The Stoxx Europe 600 index /zigman2/quotes/210599654/delayed XX:SXXP +1.42% fell 0.1% to 228.54, while the France CAC 40 index /zigman2/quotes/210597958/delayed FR:PX1 +1.64% was flat at 3,072.02 and the German DAX 30 index /zigman2/quotes/210597999/delayed DX:DAX +1.62% rose 0.2% to 5,414.23. The FTSE 100 index /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX +0.27% was flat at 5,322.32. Among the movers, shares of Home Retail Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/221810778/delayed UK:HOME -3.90% jumped 6% after a sales update. Victrex PLC /zigman2/quotes/202943820/delayed UK:VCT +0.93% dropped over 4% and Schroders PLC /zigman2/quotes/200207320/delayed UK:SDR +1.45% fell 2% after each got broker downgrades.