European markets closed higher, having been helped in part by the positive trend seen on Wall Street. Producers of raw materials have distinguished themselves by being among the best performers, as it is a sector very exposed to China and today favorable data on this economy have been known. In the first quarter, the GDP of this country grew 6.80%, marginally exceeding the forecasts of 6.70%. In addition, retail sales increased by 10.10% in March (vs. 9.70% est.) And industrial production by 6% (vs 6.30% est.). In the first quarter, investment in fixed assets rose 7.50%. On the contrary, companies related to household items were penalized by the fact that Credit Suisse reduced its recommendation from 'neutral' to 'underperformance'. On the macroeconomic level, the Zew sentiment index for German financial agents fell for the third consecutive month to -8.2, the lowest level since November 2012.