European markets head for higher open as investors hope volatility has passed

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Holly Ellyatt

European markets are heading for a positive open on Tuesday, continuing positive momentum as investors in the region hope that recent market volatility has come to an end.

European stocks were higher at the start of the new trading week, with cautious optimism returning after a sharp loss in last Friday’s session.

Overnight, Asia-Pacific markets were largely positive on Tuesday as investor fears over recent banking sector turmoil continued to show signs of easing. U.S. stock futures inched higher in overnight trading after the S&P 500 posted its third positive session in a row Monday.

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Australia’s Macquarie Group rose 1.5% in Asia’s morning trade, alongside Westpac, National Australia Bank and Commonwealth Bank of Australia all up roughly 1%.

South Korea’s financials also rose – Shinhan Financial Group rose 3.44%, KB Financial Group climbed 3.53% and Woori Financial Group gained more than 2%.

In Japan, Mizuho Financial Group also gained 3.15%, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group rose 2.42% and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group rose more than 3%.

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European markets: Here are the opening calls

European markets are heading for a positive open Tuesday.

The U.K.’s FTSE 100 index is expected to open 18 points higher at 7,498, Germany’s DAX 41 points higher at 15,177, France’s CAC up 24 points at 7,104 and Italy’s FTSE MIB 85 points higher at 25,822, according to data from IG.

On Tuesday, earnings are set to come from MAN Group and data releases will include French business climate data and Italian consumer confidence figures.

— Holly Ellyatt

Source : cnbc

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