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European equities rose Monday in light pre-Christmas trade, rebounding gently from last week’s losses that followed bumper interest rate hikes, but Wall Street and Asian markets failed to get into the festive mood. online news
Equity markets often experience a so-called Santa rally, when prices rise during the low-level holiday trading.
“Everyone, it seems, is waiting to see if Santa is going to come around, which leaves the market stuck between feelings of hope and angst,” said market analyst Patrick O’Hare at Briefing.com.
“Accordingly, there isn’t much happening at the broad market level this morning,” he added.
The blue-chip Dow opened marginally lower, with the broader S&P 500 and tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite were flat.
Meanwhile in Europe, London rose 0.6 percent in afternoon trading, while Frankfurt and Paris both added 0.5 percent.
“Markets are grinding higher as some traders are optimistic about valuations which seem to them somewhat attractive,” AvaTrade analyst Naeem Aslam told AFP.
“We really don’t have much volume in markets as traders are away for holidays,” he added.
“Overall I think it’s going to be pretty subdued trading, given the lack of significant data to react to,” noted analyst Susannah Streeter at stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown.
Asian indices, however, fell on lingering concern over a possible global recession caused by moves to fight inflation from top central banks.
Equities took a turn south last week after monetary policymakers around the world signalled that while price rises appeared to be stabilising, more work would be needed to get them under control.
All three main indexes on Wall Street ended sharply lower Friday after the Federal Reserve warned it would continue tightening monetary policy into 2023.
That was followed by similar warnings from the European Central Bank and Bank of England, while data suggested economies were feeling the pinch, dealing a blow to sentiment heading into the Christmas break.
“With no shortage of economic headwinds, investors struggle to find something cheerful about this holiday week after the two most dominant central banks cast a pall over the proceedings,” said SPI Asset Management’s Stephen Innes.
The US sell-off fed through to Asia, where Tokyo shed more than one percent, while Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta and Wellington were in negative territory, but Singapore and Mumbai edged up.
Adding to the downbeat mood was a spike in Covid-19 cases in China following the country’s reopening after almost three years of strict containment measures.
While the move is expected to boost the world’s number two economy, there is a worry that businesses and China’s health system will be hit in the near term.
Still, Beijing flagged a number of measures aimed at kickstarting growth next year, including support for the beleaguered property sector.
An expected pick-up in Chinese demand helped propel oil prices higher.
Key figures around 1430 GMT
London – FTSE 100: UP 0.6 percent at 7,374.60 points
Frankfurt – DAX: UP 0.5 percent at 13,960.89
Paris – CAC 40: UP 0.5 percent at 6,482.31
EURO STOXX 50: UP 0.4 percent at 3,819.75
New York – Dow: DOWN less than 0.1 percent at 32,894.27
Tokyo – Nikkei 225: DOWN 1.1 percent at 27,237.64 (close)
Hong Kong – Hang Seng Index: DOWN 0.5 percent at 19,352.81 (close)
Shanghai – Composite: DOWN 1.9 percent at 3,107.11 (close)
Euro/dollar: UP at $1.0610 from $1.0586 on Friday
Pound/dollar: UP at $1.2187 from $1.2148
Euro/pound: DOWN at 87.09 pence from 87.14 pence
Dollar/yen: DOWN at 136.59 yen from 136.60 yen
West Texas Intermediate: UP 1.9 percent at $75.72 per barrel
Brent North Sea crude: UP 1.7 percent at $80.35 per barrel
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