Europe closes mostly higher with virus, data in focus

Friday, 12. February 2021 17:31

Major European stock markets closed mostly higher on Friday after the United Kingdom's latest performance in the trade deficit and industrial production showed to be better than expected. British Health Secretary Matt Hancock noted the country's rate of infection from COVID-19 dropped below 1 for the first time since July. Meanwhile, his German counterpart Jens Spahn stressed the spread of the virus was still too high to remove lockdown.

The DAX stood flat at the close. The FTSE 100 rose by 0.82% as St. James's Place PLC advanced by 3.94%. The CAC 40 went up by 0.60%, with EssilorLuxottica SA increasing by 3.63%.

The euro lost 0.11% to the dollar to sell for $1.21190 at 5:28 pm CET. A minute later, the pound sterling gained 0.21% against the greenback, changing hands for $1.38451.

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