A woman walks past the Oslo Stock Exchange building in Oslo, Norway. Reuters
US and European shares advanced on Thursday as China struck a hopeful tone on trade relations with the United States and as Italy appeared close to forming a new government and resolving its political crisis.
Robust earnings from Google-owner Alphabet and Twitter took the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes close to record levels on Friday, with data showing the domestic economy slowed lesser than expected in the second quarter providing support.
The London Stock Exchange Group (LSE) said on Friday it was in discussions to acquire financial data analytics provider Refinitiv Holdings Ltd for $27 billion, including debt.
Europe's biggest bank said it had been hit by falling interest rates disruption caused by the coronavirus and political tensions between the US and China.
Brent crude futures slid 27 cents, or 0.6%, to $43.25 a barrel by 0642 GMT. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 34 cents, or 0.8%, at $39.93.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index were up 0.1% at 0714 GMT, with technology, automakers and oil & gas firms leading the gains.