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European equities surge
On Thursday, European equities joined an overnight jump on Wall Street after dovish remarks from Fed Chair Jerome Powell improved investor sentiment towards stock markets notwithstanding uncertainty over a probable escalation in the China-US trade clash.
The STOXX 600 managed to ascend by up to 0.6%, with all key bourses as well as most sectors staying in positive territory.
Market participants are assured that the risk of fast-rising interest rates affecting the American economy along with the stock market is currently on the downside after Powell told that monetary policy rate is currently below estimates of a level, which neither brakes nor backs a healthy economy.
The new-found optimism showed up after sell-offs in February and October had helped markets experts to question the overall sustainability of the longest bull marathon in recent history.
According to a Reuters poll disclosed on Thursday, most experts are assured that the uptrend isn't over just yet, while more than 40% of analysts told that the current trading marathon has more than a year to last.
Cyclical and tech equities that have been some of the most affected in the recent sell-off, led futures up across the continent on Thursday morning.
Deutsche Bank demonstrated a sudden 4% sink after it was reported that on money laundering allegations up to 170 criminal police officers, tax inspectors, and prosecutors searched six of its offices in Frankfurt.
In addition to this, UK financial institutions made moderate moves. HSBC went down by 0.3%, while Lloyds managed to ascend by 1%, after all seven lenders managed to pass the Bank of England stress tests this year.
Equities in Swedish radiation therapy gear maker Elekta demonstrated one of the worst performances, declining by 7.7% having posted a sudden sink in operating revenue for a second straight quarter.
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The European Central Bank will publish the monetary policy statement with the interest rate decision on January 21, at 14:45 MT time.
Joe Biden is going to unveil a Covid-19 relief package of about $2 trillion. After this announcement, the 10-year Treasury yield rose, adding support for the USD.
The US dollar’s weakness offered a boost to emerging-market currencies and oil.