LONDON – European stocks climbed to a record high on Monday as traders looked ahead to second-quarter earnings from major U.S. banks this week The pan-European Stoxx 600 index provisionally closed up 0.7% to hit an all-time high. Financial services and utilities shares posted the biggest gains, up 1.5% and 1.4% respectively. Travel was the only sector in the red, falling 1.3%. Stock picks and investing trends from CNBC Pro: The three major U.S. indexes closed at record highs last Friday after a sell-off Thursday as investors worried about a potential slowdown in U.S. economic growth.Back in Europe, U.K. Health Minister Sajid Javid confirmed Monday afternoon that July 19 would mark the final stage of the roadmap out of lockdown in England. The move comes despite concerns over a continuing surge in coronavirus cases caused by the more infectious delta variant. Looking at individual stocks, French IT firm Atos plunged 17.4% to the bottom of the Stoxx 600 after issuing a profit warning. exclusive stock picks, investment ideas and CNBC global livestreamSign up for CNBC ProStart your free trial now- CNBC's Ryan Browne contributed to this report.
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