Stocks in Europe reversed earlier gains by Thursday's close to finish lower, as investors digested fresh news out of the central banking sphere. The pan-European STOXX 600 closed down 0.15%. The DAX gained 0.19%, while the FTSE 100 led the CAC 40 lower. They fell 0.43% and 0.08% respectively.
U.S. stocks closed higher Thursday, with the S&P 500 up for a fourth straight session on the back of strong technology shares. News that China may be receptive to overtures from the U.S. on new talks also soothed trade-related jitters.The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 147.07 points, or 0.57%, to end at 26,145.99, its first close above 26,000 this month. The S&P 500 rose 15.26 points, or 0.53%, to 2,904.18 and the Nasdaq Composite Index climbed 59.48 points, or 0.75% to finish at 8,013.71.
Asia markets were largely positive on the final trading day of the week, as stocks of semiconductor-related companies and Apple suppliers jumped. The Nikkei 225 gained 1.20% and the Hang Seng rose 1.01%. The Shanghai Composite lost 0.18%. The Kospi also ended the trading week higher by 1.40%. The ASX 200 climbed 0.60%.