LONDON — European stocks closed slightly lower on Thursday as investors digested uncertainty over U.S. coronavirus stimulus, new consumer data and a raft of corporate earnings.
Later in the session, a flash estimate from the European Commission showed euro zone consumer confidence falling 1.6 points in October, to -15.5.
U.S. stimulus talks remain in focus for global markets with uncertainty over whether a deal can be reached before the Nov. 3 presidential election.
However, comments on stimulus talks from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, offered some room for optimism Wednesday.
On Wall Street, the major stock indexes were mostly lower as traders weighed the latest developments surrounding stimulus negotiations.
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