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European stock markets rally as US jobs optimism lingers

European stock markets rally as US jobs optimism lingers

Under the agreed terms, Deutsche Boerse shareholders will end up with 54.4 percent of the new holding company's capital, and LSE shareholders with 45.6 percent AFP/Ben Stansall

LONDON: European stock markets rallied on Monday (Nov 4) as optimism from a forecast-busting US jobs report lingered and confidence grew that China and the United States will finally sign off on a mini trade pact.

Investor sentiment was also lifted by British Airways owner IAG, which agreed to buy Spain's Air Europa for €1.0 billion (US$1.2 billion), sending its share price up 1.2 per cent in London.

European markets were "starting off the week in positive fashion, with stocks following their Asian counterparts higher amid optimism over an upside surprise to Friday's jobs report and US-China talks," said IG analyst Joshua Mahoney.

Wall Street stocks also pushed higher, striking new records, building on a strong performance on Friday after the Labour Department said the US created 128,000 net new jobs in October, far surpassing the 80,000 expected, while the figure for the previous two months was also revised upwards.

The reading came days after data showed the world's top economy slowed slightly in July-September but not as much as projected, which suggested it is stabilising.

"The bullish sentiment on Wall Street has been underlined by the fresh all-time highs achieved in the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100," said market analyst David Madden at CMC Markets UK.

"The US-China trading relationship is heading in the right direction, which is driving the rally," he added.

'CONSTRUCTIVE'

Earlier in Asia, Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangkok and Taipei each piled on more than one per cent while Shanghai jumped 0.6 per cent.

In Europe, Frankfurt, Paris and Milan enjoyed gains of more than one per cent.

The upbeat mood was enhanced by comments from Chinese Vice Premier Liu He that indicated trade talks with Washington were on track.

Liu said he had spoken on Friday to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, with both sides saying the talks were "constructive".

Progress on the discussions has provided support to equities for the past few weeks, with speculation that Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will meet this month to sign off on the mini pact.

While the agreement would only be the first part of a wider deal, it would be a major step after more than a year of a trade war that has undermined the world economy.

However, National Australia Bank's Rodrigo Catril warned there were still important issues to address.

"As much as the US-China trade updates continue to point to a phase one deal looking like a certainty, the contentious issues on whether the US will cancel the planned December tariffs and remove some of the current tariffs in line with China's demands remains an unknown and if the issue is not resolved then a deal could easily collapse," he said in a note.

Key figures around 1630 GMT:

 

London - FTSE 100: UP 0.9 per cent at 7,369.69 points (close)

Frankfurt - DAX 30: UP 1.4 per cent at 13,136.28 (close)

Paris - CAC 40: UP 1.1 per cent at 5,824.30 (close)

EURO STOXX 50: UP 1.1 per cent at 3,662.81

 

Hong Kong - Hang Seng: UP 1.7 per cent at 27,547.30 (close)

Shanghai - Composite: UP 0.6 per cent at 2,975.49 (close)

Tokyo - Nikkei 225: Closed for a public holiday

 

Euro/dollar: DOWN at US$1.1141 from US$1.1166 at 2100 GMT

Dollar/yen: UP at 108.60 yen from 108.19 yen

Pound/dollar: DOWN at US$1.2907 from US$1.2946

Euro/pound: UP at 86.32 pence from 86.25 pence

 

Brent North Sea crude: UP 1.5 per cent at US$62.59 per barrel

West Texas Intermediate: UP 1.7 per cent at US$57.17 per barrel

Source: AFP/de

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