European shares rise on vaccination hopes, information from China; Brexit talks with eyes

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(Reuters) – European stocks got off to a positive start to December on Tuesday. Optimism about a coronavirus vaccine has bolstered arguments for an economic recovery and primed stocks for an extension of record profits in November.

After a downturn when investors took some profits at the end of a spectacular month, the pan-European index was back in the black, up 0.3%.

The index ended November up almost 14%.

A company survey that further bolstered sentiment confirmed the official figures from the previous day, which showed robust growth in Chinese factory activity. Similar dates from Europe are due later in the day.

However, uncertainties surrounding a Brexit trade deal kept profits in check. The European Union will take emergency measures on Wednesday or Thursday if it can’t reach an agreement with the UK by then, a senior EU diplomat said on Monday.

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