European shares notch four-year high on fresh U.S.-China trade deal hopes

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(Reuters) – European shares hit a four-year high on Wednesday as comments from U.S. President Donald Trump sparked hopes of an imminent resolution to the prolonged trade war with China.

Trump said on Tuesday that the United States was in the “final throes” of work on a deal that would defuse the 16-month trade war, while also underscoring Washington’s support for protesters in Hong Kong, a potential sticking point with China.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index () was up 0.3% at 0805 GMT, led by trade-sensitive miners ().

Finnish ship technology and power-plant maker Wartsila (HE:) jumped 3% to the top of the benchmark index as JP Morgan raised its price target on the company.

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