November 7, 2019 / 8:25 AM / a month ago

U.S.-China trade optimism drives European shares to 4-year high

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Nov 7 (Reuters) - European shares hit a more than four-year high on Thursday after China said Beijing and Washington have agreed to cancel existing tariffs in different phases, adding fuel to a rally that is now spanning to its fifth straight day.

China and the United States must simultaneously cancel some existing tariffs on each other’s goods for both sides to reach a “phase one” trade deal, the Chinese commerce ministry said.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.4% by 0813 GMT, with export-heavy Germany outperforming with a 0.7% rise.

Among the top gainers across European sub-sectors were automakers and miners, while defensive plays such as telecoms and utilities fell, suggesting higher risk appetite.

Siemens gained 3.4%, and was the biggest boost to the STOXX 600, after the German industrial company’s fourth-quarter results beat estimates. (Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel)

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