European stocks rose on Thursday, boosted by media firms enjoying their best day in nearly five months on an earnings result and a potential deal - but the main regional index was on track to post its first monthly decline of 2019. That STOXX 600 gained 0.42% on the day. The DAX is up 0.54% while France's CAC 40 is up 0.51% and London's FTSE 100 is up 0.46%.
U.S. stocks rose for the first time this week on Thursday, as President Donald Trump said trade talks with China were going well, offering a glimmer of hope to markets roiled by worries that a protracted dispute would slow economic growth. The stocks flipped between small gains and losses but finished higher despite a decline in energy stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average picked up 43.47 points, or 0.17%, to 25169.88 as the index avoided a third consecutive day of losses. The S&P 500 also rose 0.21%, despite drops in energy and financial shares. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite gained 0.27%.
Oil prices fell to their lowest since March after data showed a very slight decline in U.S. oil inventories that remain near a 22-month high. Brent futures fell $2.88, or 3.9%, to settle at $66.54 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude dropped $2.22, or 3.8%, to close at $56.59.