European stocks closed on a buoyant note on Thursday, extending gains from the previous session, as worries about inflation eased a bit after the Fed minutes said the policymakers reiterated a tough stance to rein in soaring consumer prices.
Better-than-expected earnings guidance from Samsung Electronics for the second quarter contributed as well to the positive sentiment in the markets.
The markets also digested news about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation after scores of top officials announced their resignations over the past two days.
Sterling firmed against major currencies following Johnson’s resignation.
On Wednesday, the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest monetary policy meeting showed the central bank was committed to bringing down inflation.
The minutes said the members of the central bank said there would be another 50 or 75-basis point move in the July meeting.
The minutes also said that the participants continued to anticipate that ongoing increases in the target range for the federal funds would be appropriate to achieve the monetary policy committee’s objectives.
The pan European Stoxx 600 climbed 1.88%. The U.K.’s FTSE 100 advanced 1.14%, Germany’s DAX surged 1.97% and France’s CAC 40 spurted 1.6%, while Switzerland’s SMI gained 0.93%.
Among other markets in Europe, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Turkey closed with sharp to moderate gains, while Russia edged up marginally.
In the UK market, Antofagasta, Anglo American Plc, Harbour Journey and Glencore gained 6 to 7.4%.
BP, Prudential, RS Group, Airtel Africa, Rolls-Royce Holdings, Rio Tinto, Legal & General, Ocado Group, Ashtead Group, Natwest Group, IAG, JD Sports Fashion, Scottish Mortgage, HSBC Holdings, Standard Chartered, British Land, United Group, M&G and Centrica gained 3 to 4.5%.
Shell gained more than 3% after the energy giant said surging margins from fuel production…
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