email

Get the daily email about stock.

Please Enter Your Email Address:

By opting in you agree to our Privacy Policy. You also agree to receive emails from us and our affiliates. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

01 Dec, Thursday
° C

Bull Trader USA

Europe Markets: European stocks rally after Fed as BOE, ECB decisions await

European stocks advanced Thursday, pricing in the positive reaction to the Federal Reserve interest-rate decision ahead of gatherings of both the European Central Bank and the Bank of England.

The Stoxx Europe 600
SXXP,
+1.15%

rose 1.3% to 477.08, setting the stage for a second day of gains after a five-session losing run. U.S. stock futures
ES00,
+0.54%

pointed to more gains on Thursday.

The Fed on Wednesday, after European markets had closed, doubled the pace of the taper and projected more interest-rate hikes in 2022 and 2023 than anticipated.

“With no clear evidence as to why this happened, we can only assume that it may have been a position-covering move as the market as a whole was long dollars and short equities heading into the decision. Perhaps some participants may have been expecting to lock profits after a potentially more hawkish Fed,” said Charalambos Pissouros, head of research at JFD Group.

Expectations are that the Bank of England will opt not to hike interest rates, and instead wait until February, after the U.K. recommended workers stay at home in response to the omicron variant of coronavirus. The European Central Bank is expected to reiterate the Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme will end in March as planned, and could announce a separate program, the Asset Purchase Programme, may at least temporarily take on those bond purchases.

“The ECB may just emphasise its intention to maintain flexibility while leaving precise decisions about the score of such flexibility to its sessions in February or March 2022,” said Salomon Fieldler, an economist at Berenberg Bank.

Technology
SX8P,
+2.15%
,
travel
SXTP,
+1.54%

and energy
SXEP,
+1.85%

stocks led the advance.

The German DAX
DAX,
+1.50%
,
the French CAC 40
PX1,
+0.98%

and the U.K. FTSE 100
UKX,
+0.89%

each rose at least 1%.

Electricite de France
EDF,
-12.59%

shares stumbled 12%, after the French utility giant said it would temporarily shut down two nuclear reactors due to faults in pipes.

Post a Comment