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Pandemic restrictions weigh on European shares

European shares ended lower on Monday as surging COVID-19 cases raised the possibility of further economic restrictions, outweighing optimism from signs of progress on a Brexit trade deal and hopes of fiscal stimulus in the United States.

The German share price index DAX graph at the stock exchange in Frankfurt

Pandemic restrictions weigh on European shares

European shares ended lower on Monday as surging COVID-19 cases raised the possibility of further economic restrictions, outweighing optimism from signs of progress on a Brexit trade deal and hopes of fiscal stimulus in the United States. As daily COVID-19 cases in Italy hit a new record over the weekend, the country approved shutting public squares from 9 p.m. to halt gatherings. In Spain, many regions toughened curbs as the country looked set to set breach 1 million cases this week.

European shares propped up by upbeat earnings

European stocks rose in early trading on Monday as strong earnings updates from Dutch firm Philips and Swiss wealth manager Julius Baer overshadowed worries about fresh coronavirus restrictions across the continent.

A traders reacts at stock exchange in Frankfurt

Vaccine hopes, upbeat earnings power European shares

European shares bounced on Friday on hopes that a vaccine for the novel coronavirus could be available in the United States before the end of the year, with a clutch of upbeat quarterly earnings also lifting sentiment after a torrid week.

A traders reacts at stock exchange in Frankfurt

Vaccine hopes, upbeat earnings power European shares

European shares bounced on Friday on hopes that a vaccine for the novel coronavirus could be available in the United States before the end of the year, with a clutch of upbeat quarterly earnings also lifting sentiment after a torrid week.

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