LONDON (Reuters) - Led by technology and autos stocks, European benchmarks rose on Friday after Asian markets climbed overnight on hopes of new trade talks between the United States and China, while asset manager Investec shone after announcing a demerger.
The pan-European STOXX 600 was up 0.5 percent by 0725 GMT, set to seal its strongest weekly gains in seven weeks.
Tech stocks <.SX8P> were among top gainers, up 0.7 percent after Apple climbed further on Wall Street following Europe's close, fuelling a rebound in the tech sector.
Autos <.SXAP> also rose 0.6 percent, building on the previous session's rise as China and the United States planned a new round of trade talks to defuse a dispute that has disrupted markets.
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(Reporting by Helen Reid, editing by Larry King)