European Stock Markets Head Higher After Soft Open; Automakers, Banks Gain

Friday, October 23, 2020 7:41 AM | MT Newswires

European equities opened flat, but advanced on corporate earnings and German manufacturing data, with broad indices on course for the first gain this week.

Barclays bank is trading higher on an earnings beat, and automaker Daimler is up on its profit forecast. Traders still have eyes on Washington, and the fiscal stimulus saga in which House Democrats and the Trump Administration may hatch a deal, but at which the GOP-controlled Senate may balk.

The October IHS Markit Flash Composite Purchasing Managers' Index for the Eurozone, a metric of economic prospects, fell to 49.4 from 50.4 in September, and below the 50-mark separating growth from contraction. But IHS Market's flash Germany manufacturing PMI posted at 58.0, a 30-month high.

The Stoxx Europe 600 is 0.8% higher and the UK's FTSE 100 is up 1.5%. The CAC 40 in Paris is up 1.2%, and the DAX in Frankfurt is up 1.1%.

Brent crude oil is up 0.5% at $42.96 after Russian leader Vladimir Putin said oil-production caps could stay on for petroleum exporting states.

German 10-year sovereign bonds offer a negative 0.57% yield, still near the all-time record low-interest rate, but slightly less negative than Thursday.

The Euro Stoxx 50 Volatility index is trading near 28.99, down 1.6% from Thursday, but still indicating above-average volatility ahead for European stock markets for the next 30 days. The volatility index had been rising this week, and remains above the 20-mark that indicates average volatility ahead.

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