European stocks rebound as oil, travel stocks jump

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Jan 12 (Reuters) - European stocks steadied on Tuesday after declining in the last session, as investors looked to the upcoming earnings season and focused on the prospect of larger U.S. stimulus under incoming president Joe Biden.

The pan regional STOXX 600 index rose 0.4% by 0811 GMT, with the oil & gas and travel & leisure sectors climbing more than 1% each to lead the gains.

Investors booked profits on Monday following last week’s rally after a Democrat sweep in the U.S. Senate elections raised expectations of larger U.S. fiscal stimulus.

Oil majors BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total gained as crude prices rebounded on expectations of a drawdown in U.S. crude oil stockpile.

Danish shipping company Maersk rose 2.8% after brokerage Berenberg upgraded the stock to “buy”, saying earnings momentum driven by freight prices could see the stock run higher.

Swedish online gaming company Kindred jumped 5% after it reported strong business momentum through the fourth quarter, while Renault SA rose 1.5% after the French automaker said its started 2021 with a higher level of orders than in 2019. (Reporting by Amal S in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)