LONDON (Reuters) - European stocks rose on Thursday as investors traded hesitantly before European Central Bank and Bank of England meetings, while trade-sensitive autos and mining shares gained on news of new talks between the U.S. and China.
The pan-European STOXX 600 <.STOXX> rose 0.2 percent by 0722 GMT, with Germany's DAX <.GDAXI> up 0.3 percent.
Mining shares <.SXPP> climbed 0.9 percent and autos <.SXAP> rose 0.7 percent, the best-performing sectors, after U.S. officials invited China to new trade talks, which the Chinese foreign ministry welcomed.
Investors were waiting for decisions from the ECB and the BoE, particularly for any details on the ECB’s plans to halve its asset purchases and – from the BoE – any comments on Brexit negotiations.
Dealmaking and results led to some strong stock moves. French bank Natixis
Electrical components supplier Rubis
French tyre maker Michelin
Among UK stocks, Morrisons
(Reporting by Helen Reid, editing by Larry King)