LONDON - European markets closed higher Friday as investors monitored talks on a fresh coronavirus relief package stateside.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed up by 0.6% provisionally, with basic resources and travel shares both adding 1.5% to lead gains, while autos fell 0.9%. For the week, the Stoxx 600 logged a 2% gain.
President Donald Trump revived hopes of a stimulus deal on Thursday, telling Fox News that talks between the White House and Congress were back underway and that there was a good chance an accord could be reached. This comes just days after the president announced via Twitter that negotiations were off until after the Nov. 3 election.
But on Friday, the major averages on Wall Street hit their session highs after Trump tweeted: "Covid Relief Negotiations are moving along. Go Big!"
Back in Europe, the U.K. economy grew 2.1% in August on a monthly basis, according to figures published Friday by the Office for National Statistics, well below analyst expectations of a 4.6% expansion as the country's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic slowed.
At the bottom of the Stoxx 600, Swedish Orphan Biovitrium plunged nearly 18% after a topline phase three testing announcement.
At the top of the European blue chip index, Rolls-Royce surged 14% as investors keep faith in the British airplane engine manufacturer's rights issue announced last week, while Pandora shares climbed more than 17% after the Danish jeweler hiked its profit guidance.