Miners help European shares to bounce back from 13-month low

Reuters London | Updated on January 19, 2018 Published on January 19, 2016


European equities bounced back from 13-month lows on Tuesday, with mining and energy stocks leading the market higher after the prices of major industrial metals and crude oil surged following the release of Chinese growth data.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 1.4 per cent by 0820 GMT after slipping to a 13-month low in the previous session.

The STOXX Europe 600 Basic Resources index, which houses major mining stocks, rose 4.1 per cent, while the European oil and gas index was up 1.8 per cent, tracking gains in the prices of commodities such as oil, copper, nickel and aluminium.

Shares in Anglo American, Glencore, Rio Tinto and BP rose 2.5 to 8.9 per cent after growth numbers from China, the world’s top metals consumer.

Growth in China’s fourth-quarter gross domestic product eased, as expected, to 6.8 per cent from a year earlier, down from 6.9 per cent in the third quarter and marking the weakest pace of expansion since the first quarter of 2009. Full-year growth of 6.9 per cent was China’s poorest in a quarter of a century.

“As figures weaken in absolute terms, we can potentially see additional stimulus measures. That is helping investors’ appetite for risk,’’ Philippe Gijsels, head of research at BNP Paribas Fortis Global Markets in Brussels, said.

Credit Agricole rose 5.2 per cent after the company confirmed a report that it was looking at the possibility of selling stakes in over three dozen regional banks, saying it would bolster its capital and help finance dividends.

Prudential was up 2.3 per cent after the British insurer posted a slightly above-forecast capital ratio under new European rules.

There were strong gains across all European equity sectors, but Danish enzyme maker Novozymes fell 11.8 per cent after trimming its longer-term sales forecasts.

Alstom fell 8.9 per cent, its worst day in two years, with traders attributing the move to technical selling triggered by the company’s €3.2 billion share buyback programme.

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Published on January 19, 2016
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