(Reuters) - European shares headed towards a one-month high on Monday, with a rally in China’s markets setting an upbeat tone as investors banked on the world’s second biggest economy to lead a recovery from the coronavirus-induced slump.
China's blue-chip index .CSI300 jumped over 5%, as investors stocked up on cheap funding to invest in an economy that analysts predict will recover faster and better than other major countries battling new waves of infections. [.SS]
“They (China) were the first to get hit by the virus, and that’s the sort of timeline that other economies in the world can expect for a bounce back,” said Michael Baker, an analyst at ETX Capital in London.
“The only concern is the United States. That’s a spanner in the works.”
In the first four days of July alone, 15 states have reported record increases in new cases of COVID-19, which has infected nearly 3 million Americans and killed about 130,000, according to a Reuters tally.
Europe's battered banking index .SX7P jumped 4%, touching its highest level since June 10.
UK homebuilders Persimmon PSN.L, Taylor Wimpey TW.L and Barratt Developments BDEV.L were the top gainers, surging about 6% after reports that British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak planned to raise a property tax threshold, among other steps to reduce the economic toll of the health crisis. [.L]
Barratt said it was starting the new financial year with “cautious optimism” as its forward order book improved.
Sonova SOON.S, the world's biggest hearing aid maker, rose 5.0% after saying it would close some stores and cut jobs as it expects first-half results to only partially recover from the pandemic hit.
Nordic banking group Nordea NDAFI.HE rose 3.0% after it agreed to buy the occupational and individual pension portfolios from Frende Livsforsikring AS.
Swiss speciality chemicals group Clariant CLN.S slumped 13.6% to the bottom of STOXX 600 on trading ex-dividend.
Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; editing by Patrick Graham and Sriraj Kalluvila
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