The pan-European Stoxx 600 index rose 0.3 percent at the start of the last trading session of the month, with most sectors and major bourses in positive territory.
Market players turned their focus to trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing, after fears of a potential U.S. recession put global equities under pressure earlier in the week. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged Thursday to further open up market access to foreign lenders and insurance firms. And on Friday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a tweet on Friday that he and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer had concluded “constructive” trade talks in Beijing.
Elsewhere, Brexit remains a source of worry, as a parliamentary deadlock over U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal deal rumbled on. May is set to put a watered-down version of her divorce deal to a vote yet again on Friday — it’s already been rejected twice by British lawmakers.
On the corporate front, H&M is due to report earnings, while Telecom Italia will hold its annual general meeting.
In terms of data, German unemployment and retail sales and U.K. house prices and GDP figures are due to be released Friday.