(CNBC) European stocks closed marginally higher Wednesday afternoon, amid elevated tensions between the U.S. and China over looming trade tariffs and investment restrictions.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 edged up 0.04 percent during the day's deal-making, with a slim majority of sectors in positive territory.
The FTSE 100 in London and Germany's Xetra Dax closed lower while the French CAC 40 managed to eke out a small gain.
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Trading volumes were lighter than usual because U.S. financial markets were closed for the Independence Day holiday.