By Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch
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European stocks traded near four-year highs on Tuesday, with market attention still focused on the prospect of a U.S.-China trade deal.
After closing Monday at the highest level since Aug. 5, 2015, the Stoxx Europe 600 /zigman2/quotes/210599654/delayed XX:SXXP -0.57% increased 0.02% to 403.50.
The German DAX /zigman2/quotes/210597999/delayed DX:DAX -0.61% rose 0.14% to 13154.21, the French CAC 40 /zigman2/quotes/210597958/delayed FR:PX1 -0.44% added 0.05% to 5827.39 and the U.K. FTSE 100 /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX -0.10% rose 0.41% to 7399.87.
The S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -0.84% on Monday finished at a record high on hopes for a trade deal. U.S. officials are considering removing tariffs on $112 billion-worth of Chinese goods as a concession to seal a “phase one” trade deal, the Financial Times reported late on Monday. The 15% tariffs on items such as clothing, appliances and flat-screen monitors were put into effect on Sept. 1. U.S. stock futures /zigman2/quotes/209948968/delayed ES00 -0.93% edged higher on Tuesday.
Meanwhile European earnings season continues, with results through Monday on track for a 4.6% year-on-year decline in the third quarter, according to Morgan Stanley.
Associated British Foods /zigman2/quotes/204493701/delayed UK:ABF -0.46% rose 5% as the company reported a 2% rise in adjusted pretax profit for the year and said operating margins at its fast fashion retailer Primark will have a small drop. The U.S. expansion of Primark will continue as the company has signed a lease in Philadelphia.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy /zigman2/quotes/205820667/delayed ES:SGRE -3.59% plunged 9% as the turbine maker guided for lower-than-forecast revenue and margins in what the company called a “transitional” year. The company also said it would cut 600 white-collar jobs.
Jewelry retailer Pandora /zigman2/quotes/205851124/delayed DK:PNDORA +1.10% shares stumbled 11% after reporting worse operating profit and revenue than forecast. Same-store sales excluding Hong Kong fell 10% in the third quarter.