European stocks closed slightly higher Friday afternoon, as market participants monitored trade talks between the world's two largest economies.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed up by around 0.3 percent provisionally at 371.45, with most sectors and major bourses ending in positive territory. On the week, the benchmark was up by around 0.6 percent.
Europe's basic resources stocks — with their heavy exposure to China — led the gains during afternoon trade, closing up by around 2 percent. It comes as market focus is largely attuned to global trade negotiations, with little more than a week left before a U.S-imposed deadline for an agreement with China expires.
Source : CNBC