European stocks driven higher by auto makers – MarketWatch

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European stocks pushed higher in early trade Friday, with auto stocks advancing following monthly sales figures from the industry. The Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, +0.54% rose 0.6% to 388.35. All sectors were higher, led by the basic materials and oil and gas groups. Germany’s DAX 30 DAX, +0.44% gained 0.5% 12,755.77, with BMW AG BMW, +1.02% rising 0.8% and Daimler AG DAI, +0.05% moving up 0.5%. France’s CAC 40 PX1, +0.85% tacked on 0.9% to 5,263.29, ahead of Sunday’s final round of voting in parliamentary elections. The U.K.’s FTSE 100 UKX, +0.41% gained 0.4% at 7,451. For the week, the Stoxx 600 was on course to fall by 0.5%.