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Stocks on the Continent finished mostly higher on the back of strong survey readings on the euro area's manufacturing and services sector and ahead of the German general elections at the weekend, although fresh barbs from Pyongyang were a drag on sentiment.
Thousands of steel workers gathered in Western Germany on Friday to protest the proposed merger of ThyssenKrupp and Tata Steel's European operations which was expected to result in approximately 4,000 job losses.
London stocks had reversed earlier losses to trade a little higher by Friday's close, helped along by a weaker pound as investors weighed up a key speech by Prime Minister Theresa May.
Analysts at Morgan Stanley revised their target price for CCH shares sharply higher, telling clients the improvement in the Coca Cola bottler's fundamental drivers looked "sustainable", while adding that its strategic optionality constituted an 'upside' risk for the shares.
Stocks made a push into the green amid strong survey readings on the euro area's manufacturing and services sector and ahead of key events in the political scene, including a speech from Prime Minister Theresa May in Florence and the German general elections at the weekend - as well as fresh barbs from Pyongyang.
The political uncertainty in Catalonia has reportedly forced the country's government to postpone its push in parliament to approve the 2018 budget as Spain's Basque nationalist party (PNV) has, for the time being at least, apparently threatened to withdraw its support.
Stocks are trading on a slightly mixed note amid strong survey readings on the euro area's manufacturing and services sector and ahead of key events in the political scene, including a speech from Prime Minister Theresa May in Florence and the German general elections at the weekend - and fresh barbs from Pyongyang.
Banks lead Europe's main stockmarket indices to modest gains in the wake of the US central bank's policy announcement the night before with global capital markets apparently generally unruffled by the Federal Reserve's indications that it is looking to push ahead with multiple rate increases and balance sheet taper over the medium-term.
The stronger euro reflects the relative strength and stability of the single currency bloc's economy, a top European Central bank official said.
Credit Suisse changed its rate call for the Bank of England to a hike in November, adding that it would be a 'one-off' and was likely to be a "big" policy mistake.
Ahead of Stagecoach's 28 September trading update, HSBC bumped up its recommendation for the shares from 'reduce' to 'hold', telling clients they thought it was right to exercise caution in the long-term, although in the short-term it was unlikely that further trading weakness would come through.