European stocks rise after sharp selloff

Published On: June 21, 2022Categories: Stocks & Shares1.5 min read

The pan-European Stoxx 600 index closed up 1.0 per cent, with battered banking, travel and energy stocks leading the gains

European stocks rose strongly on Monday after a sharp selloff last week on recession worries, while gains in French shares were capped after President Emmanuel Macron lost an absolute majority in the country’s parliamentary election.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 index closed up 1.0 per cent, with battered banking, travel and energy stocks leading the gains, but volumes were crimped with US markets closed for a holiday.

The benchmark shed 4.6 per cent and hit over one-year lows last week in a global sell-off that was fuelled by worries about aggressive interest rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve and other major central banks sparking a recession.

Friday’s options expiry and the lack of big central bank decisions might help equity bulls to wrench back control this week, even if only for a short while, said Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at online trading platform IG.

European Central Bank Chief Christine Lagarde on Monday reaffirmed plans to raise interest rates twice this summer, while fighting widening spreads in the borrowing costs of different euro zone countries.

France’s blue-chip CAC 40 rose 0.6 per cent, the least among major regional indexes, after Emmanuel Macron’s centrist Ensemble coalition secured the most seats in the National Assembly over the weekend but fell well short of securing an absolute majority needed to control parliament.

It will mean that there will probably be less structural reforms but we’re already underweight Europe and it does not significantly change our stance, said Willem Sels, global chief investment officer, private banking and wealth management at HSBC.

The Stoxx 600 has shed almost 17 per cent this year so far, as a cocktail of worries from soaring inflation to China’s slowing economy and cost-of-living crisis in the UK dampen risk appetite.

We’ll continue to see some volatility because inflation, in our view, is not going to start to come down until the end of this year, Sels added.

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