European Markets at Close Report on December 20, 2016: European Shares Close Higher

European stocks closed higher on Tuesday with investors digesting news of two separate attacks in the German and Turkish capitals.
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The pan-European Stoxx 600 provisionally ended 0.48 percent higher after trading near the flatline for much of the morning session. Sectors were mostly in positive territory on Tuesday with Oil & Gas stocks among the best performing, up 1.12 percent. The sector had been supported by a steep draw in U.S. crude stocks which could limit global oversupply in the new year.
On Monday evening, twelve people died and 48 are injured after a truck ploughed into a Christmas market in Berlin. The German authorities said investigators were assuming the act, which revives memories of another truck attack in the south of France in July, was deliberate.
A few hours before the incident in Berlin, the Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot dead while giving a speech at a gallery. An off-duty policeman shouted "Don't forget Aleppo" after shooting the Russian representative.
Meanwhile in the U.S., the Dow Jones industrial average continued a bullish run to hit another record high as investors remain undeterred from geopolitical tension.
In individual stocks news, French media group Vivendi announced it would continue to work towards increasing its stake in the Italian Mediaset within the limits of 30 percent. Shares of the latter were up by more than 23 percent, reaching the top of the pan-European index. 
Financial services and banking stocks were among the best performers during mid-morning trading. Lloyds Group said Tuesday it was purchasing the MBNA U.K. credit-card business of Bank of America for about $2.35 billion as it tries to boost its consumer-finance business.
Elsewhere, the Italian government is trying to get approval to inject 20 billion euros ($20.80 billion) to rescue its troubled banks. The Atlante fund confirmed Monday that it is pursuing with an investment into the embattled Monte Dei Paschi.


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