Europe Markets: European stocks end higher, led by RBS, Rolls-Royce

European stocks scored modest gains Monday, helped by jumps for Royal Bank of Scotland, Rolls-Royce and furniture seller Steinhoff International.

Investors also tracked a tightening French presidential race, as well as progress made on debt-laden Greece’s bailout at a meeting of eurozone finance ministers.

The Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, +0.22% tacked on 0.2% to end at 371.04, building on last week’s gain of 0.8%. The pan-European benchmark logged its highest close since December 2015 during last week’s action.

Trading was somewhat subdued Monday, as U.S. markets were closed for Presidents Day.

“Political developments in France and Greece and the absence of U.S.

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