Shares of power producers rose as further clarity on the presidential election buoyed demand for sectors seen as benefitting from a Biden administration.
"There was more clarity in terms of Biden's position because you had more states called," including Arizona and Georgia, said Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial.
"That's extremely important. Plus, you have more Republicans acknowledging, albeit in quite a subtle manner, that Biden will be inaugurated on Jan. 20."
French state-controlled utility Electricite de France said sales for the first nine months of the year fell as the coronavirus pandemic had an estimated impact of around 2 billion euros ($2.36 billion).
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