European stocks rose to their highest close in five months on Tuesday after strong manufacturing data from the world's two biggest economies, the United States and China, boosted investor confidence and helped shift attention away from the euro zone.
The FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of top European shares rose 1.6 percent to end the session provisionally at 1,027.67 points, the highest close since early August.
The STOXX Europe 600 Basic Resources Index <.SXPP> jumped 5.4 percent, as copper prices hit three-week highs after expansion in manufacturing activity in the United States and China boosted hopes that demand for industrial metals will remain healthy.
U.S. data will continue to point to some kind of recovery, said David Coombs, fund manager at Rathbone Brothers, which has 15.2 billion pounds under management.
It's more of the same, he added, referring to last year, when U.S. stocks outperformed, with the S&P 500 <.SPX> finishing flat, while European shares <.FTEU3> lost 10.7 percent.
We've been pushing our (Rathbone's) exposure to the States higher, at the expense of Europe.
(Reporting by Brian Gorman)