StockBeat: Europe Markets Rise on PMIs, German Fiscal Boost Hopes

StockBeat: Europe Markets Rise on PMIs, German Fiscal Boost Hopes

Investing.com  | Dec 02, 2019 10:41

StockBeat: Europe Markets Rise on PMIs, German Fiscal Boost Hopes

By Geoffrey Smith

Investing.com -- Europe’s stock markets started December already in festive spirit, after purchasing manager indexes around the world showed further signs that the world economy may be stabilizing after a marked slowdown caused largely by the U.S.-China trade war.

By 5:20 AM ET (1020 GMT), the benchmark Euro Stoxx 600 was at 408.86, up 0.4% from Friday, albeit well off an intraday high of 410.04, as the market reconsidered its initial exuberance.

At first sight, an uptick in PMIs from China and Japan to Turkey, Britain and the euro zone seemed too good to ignore.

However, analysts were quick to point to other recent news out of China suggesting that there will be no quick and sharp recovery, given the ongoing trade war and China’s increasing corporate and household debt problem, which limits its scope to reflate the domestic economy.

In an article published over the weekend in a Communist Party magazine, central bank governor Yi Gang warned that “The world’s economic downturn will likely stay for a long time.”

“We should stay focused and targeted, while not competitively lowering interest rates to zero or engaging in quantitative easing,” Bloomberg quoted him as writing.

Among national markets, Germany’s Dax was among the biggest winners, gaining 0.7%. In addition to the support from China’s Caixin PMI, which lifted trade-sensitive stocks, the DAX also profited from domestic political developments at the weekend, where the Social Democrats’ election of a new and more clearly left-wing leadership raised the likelihood of Berlin loosening its purse strings. The yield on the German 10-year Bund rose to a three-week high in response.

If the German federal coalition should fall apart, it’s more than possible that any new administration would involve the Green Party. That awareness helped push down energy company RWE by over 2%, and kept rival E.On also at the bottom of the DAX. By contrast, wind turbine maker Nordex rose over 4.0% Elsewhere across Europe, conventional energy stocks were likewise under pressure at the start of a week that includes a high-level international conference in Spain on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Spain’s Endesa lost 1.2%, while Drax Group (LON:DRX) lost 3.1% and Centrica (LON:CNA) 1.9%. Grid operators Red Electrica and National Grid (LON:NG) both fell around 1%.

Related News

Latest comments

Add a Comment
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Discussion
Write a reply...
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.

Trading in financial instruments and/or cryptocurrencies involves high risks including the risk of losing some, or all, of your investment amount, and may not be suitable for all investors. Prices of cryptocurrencies are extremely volatile and may be affected by external factors such as financial, regulatory or political events. Trading on margin increases the financial risks.
Before deciding to trade in financial instrument or cryptocurrencies you should be fully informed of the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite, and seek professional advice where needed.
Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. The data and prices on the website are not necessarily provided by any market or exchange, but may be provided by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual price at any given market, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Fusion Media and any provider of the data contained in this website will not accept liability for any loss or damage as a result of your trading, or your reliance on the information contained within this website.
It is prohibited to use, store, reproduce, display, modify, transmit or distribute the data contained in this website without the explicit prior written permission of Fusion Media and/or the data provider. All intellectual property rights are reserved by the providers and/or the exchange providing the data contained in this website.
Fusion Media may be compensated by the advertisers that appear on the website, based on your interaction with the advertisements or advertisers.

English (USA) English (India) English (Canada) English (Australia) English (South Africa) English (Philippines) English (Nigeria) Deutsch Español (España) Español (México) Français Italiano Nederlands Português (Portugal) Polski Português (Brasil) Русский Türkçe ‏العربية‏ Ελληνικά Svenska Suomi עברית 日本語 한국어 简体中文 繁體中文 Bahasa Indonesia Bahasa Melayu ไทย Tiếng Việt हिंदी
Sign out
Are you sure you want to sign out?
NoYes
CancelYes
Saving Changes

+

Download the Investing.com App

Get free real time quotes, charts and alerts on stocks, indices, currencies, commodities and bonds. Get free top of the line technical analysis/predictors.

Investing.com is better on the App!

More content, faster quotes and charts, and a smoother experience is available only on the App.

';