- April 14, 2022
- By: Admin1_blog
- EU Market, Indices
- The ECB will announce its latest monetary policy decision at 12:45 p.m. London time.
- The Governing Council is expected to adopt a more hawkish tone and lay the foundations for policy tightening over the summer.
LONDON — European stocks were cautious on Thursday morning as investors awaited the European Central Bank’s latest policy decision and tracked developments in Ukraine.
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The pan-European Stoxx 600 nudged 0.2% higher in early trade, with travel and leisure stocks gaining 1.4% while telecoms dropped 0.9%.
In terms of individual share price movement, Hungary’s Wizz Air climbed 6.5% after its post-close trading statement. Atlantia gained 5.2% after the Benetton family and U.S. investment firm Blackstone tabled an offer for the Italian road and rail firm.
At the bottom of the European blue chip index, Swedish telecoms company Ericsson dropped 6.3% after warning that it will likely be fined by U.S. regulators for its handling of a bribery investigation in Iraq. The company also reported a fall in quarterly earnings following its exit from Russia.
The ECB will announce its latest monetary policy decision at 12:45 p.m. London time. Markets are not expecting any change in interest rates just yet, but widely expect the Governing Council to adopt a more hawkish tone and lay the foundations for policy tightening over the summer, with euro zone inflation running at a record high.
Investors in Europe are also monitoring the war in Ukraine. A Russian missile cruiser was attacked and damaged by Ukrainian forces in the Black Sea early on Thursday, forcing the entire crew to be evacuated.
U.S. President Joe Biden announced another $800 million in weaponry for Ukraine on Wednesday, following an hour-long phone call with the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
In other news, a sixth Covid-19 vaccine has been approved in the U.K., after the country’s health regulator gave the green light to French company Valneva’s shot.
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Shares in Asia-Pacific were mostly higher on Thursday as investors reacted to monetary policy tightening announcements by central banks in South Korea and Singapore.
Stateside, stock futures were moderately higher in early premarket trade ahead of earnings announcements from the largest U.S. banks, including Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup.
Source : CNBC
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