(Reuters) - European stocks ended the week close to all-time highs, with miners prominent as investors shrugged off worries about a third wave of coronavirus infections and focused on prospects of a solid global economic recovery.
FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, March 25, 2021.
REUTERS/StaffThe pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.8% on Friday, just enough to register its fourth straight weekly rise and seven points short of a record high.
Mining and oil & gas stocks gave the biggest boost to the index, while defensive sectors including healthcare and utilities were slightly down.
Led by chipmakers, notably ASML and ASM International, the STOXX 600 tech index rose 2.7%, posting its biggest weekly gain since early November.
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