HSBC and miners lift European equities

HSBC and miners lift European equities

On Monday, firm revenues among mining stocks as well as an HSBC-led soar in banks raised European stocks in early deals, putting the region's shares on track to conclude the month with a moderate profit on the final trading day of July.

The STOXX 600 index gained 0.4%, blue chips grew 0.3%. In the UK the commodity-heavy FTSE 100 index ascended 0.7%, and Germany's DAX rallied 0.2%.

Financials appeared to be the biggest boost to the STOXX, with financial institutions up 0.8%, pushed up by a 3.4% profit in HSBC that soared after the lender reported a forecast-beating 5% growth in the first half pretax profit and unveiled its third buyback in a year.

Mining companies were also good performers on the day, leaping 1.5% because copper prices surged on the back of China’s manufacturing data, the world's top consumer of metals.

British tobacco companies Imperial Brands as well as British American Tobacco managed to extend their losses from last session, sliding 3% and 0.7% respectively reacting to Friday's sell-off right after the US Food and Drug Administration proposed reducing nicotine in cigarettes.

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