FILE PHOTO: Traders work at the post where UnitedHealth Group is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., January 31, 2018. Additional reporting by Kate Duguid, Ayenat Mersie and Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss in New York; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Leslie Adler Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. European shares advanced [.EU], with the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index .FTEU3 rising 0.8 percent.
U.S. crude rose 0.36 percent to $66.46 per barrel and Brent was last at $71.52, up 0.14 percent. Stocks in Shanghai closed near a one-year low, after a U.S. move to ban American companies from selling components to Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp had hit tech stocks. Oil steadied at $66.26 a barrel for U.S. crude and $71.43 a barrel for Brent, having tumbled nearly 1.8 percent overnight as concerns over the Middle East eased.