European markets open higher amid trade optimism

European markets opened higher on Tuesday as traders monitor the latest U.S.-China trade developments.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 rose 0.3% at the opening bell, bank stocks leading gains with a 0.7% rise as all sectors and major bourses traded in positive territory.

Traders were largely focused on news around the U.S.-China trade spat. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday that talks between Washington and Beijing would resume in two weeks.

The U.S. finance official appeared to be contradicted publicly by President Donald Trump earlier in the day. Mnuchin said that last week’s visit from Chinese officials had been cut short on the request of U.S. officials, to which Trump responded “why?”

In Asia, markets were in mixed territory amid weak Japanese manufacturing data. A key index showed the country’s factory activity shrank at its fastest pace in seven months in September.

Back in Europe, investors will likely monitor a U.K. court case that will determine whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully by suspending parliament weeks before the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline. Sterling struggled for direction, trading barely higher versus the dollar.

In corporate news, Belgian brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev priced the initial public offering of its Asian business at HK$27 a share, the bottom of an indicative range, sources told CNBC. The move means the firm will raise up to $5 billion in the float.

On the data front, Germany’s Ifo is set to release business sentiment figures later in the morning.

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