The so-called “stock market bloodbath” has continued on Friday with major indices falling down to the lows of the last October. What's going on?
European stocks rally backed by banks
On Friday, European stocks managed to surge, underpinned by profits among financial institutions as well as Germany's Adidas, just a day after the regional index faced its worst loss for six weeks.
Market participants waited for several reports due later in the day, in particular, euro zone producer prices for March along with American non-farm payrolls for the previous month. The latter are anticipated to display extra 185,000 net new jobs.
Eventually, the pan-European STOXX 600 index headed north by 0.1%. However, it seems to be making its way to a 0.5% weekly tumble that would be its worst weekly dive for six weeks.
The personal as well as household goods sector turned out to be the top performing STOXX 600 sub-sector in early trade, demonstrating a 0.6% leap.
Bank shares went up by 0.5%, backed by a 1.8% rally in the London-listed stocks of HSBC Holdings right after the lender beat quarterly profit forecasts, underpinned by a leap in income from its key Asian business.
Besides this, Societe Generale tacked on by 2% because the French bank's capital buffer happened to be firmer than anticipated, helping traders look past a dive in a quarterly net gain.
As for basic resources stocks, they went up by 0.6% as copper prices headed north. As a matter of fact, London-listed Anglo American ascended by 1.3% due to the fact that Credit Suisse upgraded the miner from "neutral" to "outperform" and increased its price target on the stock.
Aside from that, InterContinental Hotels inched down by 3.6% becoming the greatest drag on the travel and leisure index that tumbled by 0.8%.
Dublin's ISEQ decreased by 0.4%.
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