European stocks opened higher on Friday, propped up by positive company updates, although investors remained cautious about a resurgence in U.S. COVID-19 cases and its impact on the global economy.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 0.6 percent by 0720 GMT, with technology, chemical companies and miners leading sectoral gains. Markets this week have swung between fears of a second wave of coronavirus cases and signs of more economic support from governments and central banks. The STOXX 600 is still on course to post one percent weekly loss.

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Air France-KLM jumped five percent after governments of France and Netherlands reached a deal on an aid package for the airline group, with the latter saying it would provide a 3.4 billion euro ($3.81 billion) financing package. AMS rose 5.7 percent after the Austria-based semiconductor company rejected media allegations of market manipulation during its takeover of Osram.