Looking to the corporate space, European lenders surged more than 2.5 percent Monday afternoon, with a number of Italian banks — including Unicredit, Banco BPM and Intesa Sanpaolo — hitting the top of the benchmark. Italy continues to be closely watched, as investors monitor an ongoing budget row.
On Monday, Reuters reported, citing two government sources, that the country's governing coalition could cut 2019's budget deficit target to as low as 2 percent of gross domestic product, to dodge a disciplinary procedure from Brussels. The rise in Italian banks boosted the FTSE MIB, which jumped as much as 2.5 percent in early afternoon deals.
On the corporate side, Eurofins Scientific climbed over 5 percent, after the laboratory testing group confirmed its objectives for 2018, and extended its organic growth goals beyond 2020. John Wood Group was up more than 6 percent after HSBC upgraded its rating on the stock from "hold" to "buy."
In the tech space, Logitech announced Sunday that it had ceased talks to acquire Plantronics, a U.S. electronics group. Shares of the Swiss manufacturer rose over 4 percent Monday.
Energy stocks received a boost during the session as oil prices pared some of their losses from Friday's declines.In European trading, U.S. crude was hovering just above $51, while Brent crude fluctuated around the $60 per barrel mark. The recovery in oil helped support markets in Asia, which saw a mixed to higher session.
EU backs Brexit deal, obstacles loom
Elsewhere, investors are looking ahead to a G-20 summit set to take place in Argentina later this week, where President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping are due to meet. The summit will be watched closely for how relations between both countries develop, in addition to further news surrounding trade.
In data news, the latest ifo Business Climate figures revealed Monday that sentiment among German firms had showed signs of weakness in the past month, with the index dropping for the third consecutive time. In November, it dropped to 102.0 points, in comparison to 102.9 points last month.