EUROPE MARKETS: European Stocks Surge To Best Level In 16 Months On Brexit Optimism, U.S. Earnings
By Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch
European stocks on Tuesday rallied on optimism over the
possibility of a deal for an agreed Brexit pact as well as
better-than-forecast U.S. earnings.
After losing 0.49% on Monday, the Stoxx Europe 600 ended 1.1%
higher to 394.02, its best level since May 22, 2018. Banks and
insurers led the advance.
The German DAX increased 1.1% to 12629.79, the French CAC 40
added 1% to 5702.05 while the U.K. FTSE 100 fell a fraction,
closing at 7211.64.
U.K. banks switched directions for a third straight session,
this time rising, as they trade on the relative prospects of an
agreed deal for Britain to exit the European Union. Lloyds Banking
Group (LLOY.LN) and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.LN) rose as
Michel Barnier, the top EU negotiator, said a deal was possible
this week, and Bloomberg News reported negotiators were closing in
on a draft deal. The pound surged to nearly $1.28.
The FTSE 100 however was weighed down by struggles from
multinationals such as GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.LN) and Unilever
(ULVR.LN) , which are hurt by a rising pound.
A number of U.S. companies reported better-than-forecast
earnings, including JPMorgan Chase and Johnson & Johnson,
sending the Dow industrials higher.
The worst Stoxx 600 component was Wirecard (WDI.XE) , which lost
16% as the Financial Times reported that internal documents
appeared to show the company was trying to inflate profit and
revenue at an Irish and Dubai subsidiary.
Wirecard said it "categorically rejected" the allegations, which
it called "a compilation of a number of false and misleading
(END) Dow Jones Newswires
October 15, 2019 12:08 ET (16:08 GMT)
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