European stocks set for strong week, Germany’s DAX hits record high

European stocks set for strong week, Germany's DAX hits record high

European stocks rose on Friday, with Germany‘s DAX hitting a record high on the back of better-than-expected economic data and encouraging earnings updates from chipmakers.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.7% by 0810 GMT and was on track for a more than 3% weekly gain, with hopes of more U.S. stimulus boosting economically sensitive sectors such as miners, oil & gas and banks.

Germany’s DAX index jumped 0.8% after data showed both industrial output and exports rose more than expected in November.

Meanwhile, chipmakers Infineon, AMS and ASM International gained between 2.2% and 4.7% after global peers Micron Technology Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd provided strong earnings reports.

Franco-Italian chipmaker STMicroelectronics rose 4% after its early revenue estimate for the fourth-quarter came in above the previous range.

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