(Reuters) – European stocks opened flat on Friday after two sessions of gains, as the effect of this week’s upbeat signals on U.S.-China trade talks and European politics wore off, with investors’ attention turning to U.S. jobs data due later in the day.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index <.STOXX> was roughly unchanged at 0715 GMT after starting marginally lower, with the exporter-heavy FTSE 100 <.FTSE> lagging the broader market as London-listed miners fell.
Thyssenkrupp AG <TKAG.DE> was the biggest gainer on Germany’s DAX index with a 1.3% gain after Finland’s Kone <KNEBV.HE> said it and a private equity partner would bid for the conglomerate’s elevator business.
The DAX <.GDAXI> rose 0.3%, shrugging off data showing an unexpected fall in industrial output in July.
(Reporting by Sagarika Jaisinghani and Agamoni Ghosh in Bengaluru; editing by Patrick Graham)