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European stocks rack up hefty gains as cyclicals rally

By Sruthi Shankar

(Reuters) – European stocks racked up their best week in two months on Friday, with investors scooping up battered shares of banks, automakers and travel companies amid growing signs that the pandemic-hit global economy is recovering.

The pan-European STOXX 600 <.STOXX> ended the day 2.5% higher, getting an afternoon boost from data that showed U.S. economy unexpectedly added jobs in May after suffering record losses the prior month.

Euro zone blue chip stocks <.STOXXE> jumped 3.8% and the bloc’s lenders <.SX7E> rallied 7.6% for their best weekly gain since 2008’s global financial crisis.

Risky assets across the world have been lifted this week as economies continued to emerge from their lockdowns, while a bigger-than-expected stimulus package from the European Central Bank and hopes for European-Union wide fiscal action gave a further boost to the continent’s markets.

Growth-sensitive cyclical sectors that have suffered badly during the coronavirus crisis,

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