European stock markets were sharply higher on Wednesday as worries over the Evergrande crisis in China started to ease.
The real estate company said a payment due on Thursday, for an onshore renminbi-denominated bond, had “already been resolved through off-exchange negotiations.”
Traders are hopeful that the company might reach an arrangement with its international bondholders.
Overnight, China’s central bank also injected 120bn yuan (£13.6bn, $18.55bn) into the banking system to strengthen the financial system amid concerns over the debt crisis at Evergrande.
They had declined earlier in the week, on concerns that Evergrande’s debt default would hurt the wider Chinese economy, cutting demand for copper, iron ore, coal and other commodities.
"A series of temporary fixes to ominous global problems has pushed the FTSE 100 back over the psychologically important 7,000 mark but there’s a chance the nuts and bolts may weaken again, and the wheels could fall off the recovery," Susannah Streeter, senior investment and markets analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said.
"The deal to settle a domestic bond payment due to be made by the crisis hit Chinese property group Evergrande, seems to have calmed nerves among investors and stopped immediate contagion to other sectors."
Later today all eyes will be on the Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision. The US Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) will also be giving its latest economic projections and the ‘dot plot’ of expected future rate hikes.
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“Investors will be looking to determine whether recent events around surging energy prices, and Evergrande, have altered the prevailing narrative, that until a week ago, had been very much that this meeting was a waypoint on the way to the September payrolls number, which is due on October 8th,” said Michael Hewson at CMC Markets.
“A decent number in October would more or less set in motion a timeline to the start of a tapering of asset purchases in either December or January.”
Before the August payrolls report there was a widespread expectation that the Fed meeting would be an opportunity for the US central bank to signal the start of just such a program of reducing the amount of its $120bn (£88bn) a month bond buying program.
“The latest announcement just proves Evergrande and the government’s efforts to stabilise the situation and prevent defaults,” said Bruce Pang, head of research at investment bank China Renaissance.
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