After wild week, Europe stocks trade higher

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Workers assemble BMW I3 electric cars on the assembly line at the BMW factory on May 20, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany.

Europe stocks traded higher on Friday, capping a wild week tied to the U.S.-China trade dispute.

The Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, +0.76%   leaped 1.07% to 368.99, in a week that saw the Euro Stoxx 60 volatility index SX001996, +2.18%  reach its highest levels since January.

Pharmaceuticals including Novartis NOVN, +1.17%   and banks including HSBC Holdings HSBA, +0.08%  led the advance.

The German DAX DAX, +0.82%  jumped 1.01% to 11527.60 and the French CAC 40 PX1, +0.81%  increased 0.99% to 5288.63.

The U.K. FTSE 100 UKX, +0.44%  , which didn’t start trading for 100 minutes due to a London Stock Exchange glitch, added 0.7% to 7116.73.

What’s happening

“The ‘risk off, risk on’ pendulum swung back and forth as investors grappled with conflicting signals on the U.S.-China trade front, disappointing economic data from China and Germany and depressed oil prices,” said Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at FXTM, in a note to clients.

Data released this week showed the German economy contracted in the second quarter while China industrial production grew at the slowest rate in 17 years. Meanwhile, data released Thursday showed an encouraging rise in U.S. retail sales.

The U.S. yield curve remained uninverted, with the 2-year TMUBMUSD02Y, +1.01%   yield at 1.56% and the 10-year TMUBMUSD10Y, +2.20%   yield at 1.59%.

Strategists at UBS said the yield curve inversion from earlier in the week was a signal about growth outside the U.S. “Statistically, we find that [German] bunds are ‘causing’ moves in U.S. Treasuries, rather than the other way around. Substantively, we see few excesses or imbalances in the U.S. economy that may lead to growth collapsing,” the strategists wrote.

The yield on the benchmark German 10-year bund TMBMKDE-10Y, +1.67%  was -0.70%, very close to its all-time low of -0.73%.

Movers

IMCD IMCD, -11.57%  slumped 13% as the Dutch chemicals and food ingredients company reported a 17% rise in operating profit during the first half and reiterated it would grow its operating profit for the whole year.

United Internet UTDI, +8.46%  shares rose nearly 9% even after it lowered its outlook for the year. Its first-half profit fell after a writedown of a stake in a cable operator.