European shares set for sixth week of gains on bullish trade talk

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European shares were moving closer to a sixth-straight week of gains on Friday following a record close on Wall Street after bullish comments from a White House official on U.S.-China trade talks boosted appetite for riskier assets.

By Sruthi Shankar

Nov 15 (Reuters) - European shares were moving closer to a sixth-straight week of gains on Friday following a record close on Wall Street after bullish comments from a White House official on U.S.-China trade talks boosted appetite for riskier assets.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index .STOXXrose 0.4% by 0932 GMT, inching back to a four-year high.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said late on Thursday Washington and Beijing were getting close to a trade agreement, citing what he called very constructive talks with Beijing about ending a 16-month trade war.

Miners .SXPP were the top gainers on the day, up about 1.5%, followed by technology stocks .SX8P.

Shares in chipmakers Infineon IFXGn.DE, STMicroelectronics STM.BN and ASML Holding ASML.AS rose between 0.8% and 1.4%, after industry bellwether Applied Materials AMAT.O forecast a strong first quarter ahead of the 5G rollout in key markets.

"Maybe, just maybe we are finally nearing a long-awaited indication from President Trump that the protracted period of market adversity is mercilessly nearing its end," said Stephen Innes, a market strategist at AxiTrader.

The STOXX 600 was still on course for a tiny gain in a week that saw lacklustre economic indicators, a profit warning from automaker Daimler and rocky Spanish politics.

Telecom shares .SXKP were boosted by a 2.5% gain in Orange ORAN.PA after France's biggest telecoms operator said it was preparing to split its mobile towers unit into a separate company.

However, news that Britain's opposition Labour Party said it would nationalise parts of the telecoms provider BT's BT.L network if it won power in the Dec. 12 election, capped gains on the sector index.

BT shares were flat, while Vodafone VOD.L dropped 0.4% and TalkTalk TALK.L fell 3.5%.

Shares in Saipem SPMI.MI gained 2.1% after Bloomberg reported the Italian oil services group was considering combining with its rival Subsea 7 SUBC.OL. Subsea shares rose 3.9%.

"From an industrial point of view, the integration of the two entities would strengthen the exposure of SPM in the offshore business and could generate cost synergies," an analyst at Equitas wrote in a note.

Sweden's SEB SEBa.ST sank 14.3% after the bank said it had been informed a broadcaster would air a programme on suspected money laundering in the Baltics that would include information concerning the bank.

Stockholm-listed shares .OMXSPI dropped 0.4%, while Norwegian shares .OSEAX were hit by salmon producers Mowi MOWI.OL and SalMar SALM.OL after the companies said the U.S. Department of Justice had issued subpoenas.

The top gainer on the STOXX 600 was Danish software company Simcorp SIM.CO, up 3.8% after better-than-expected results.

(Reporting by Sruthi Shankar and Susan Mathew in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu, Bernard Orr)

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