The FTSE 100 and European stocks continued the new year's rally as Wall Street picked up the pace amid a global rally.
The FTSE 100 (^FTSE) rose 0.41% to 7,585 points, while the CAC 40 (^FCHI) in Paris jumped 2.19% to 6,769 points. In Germany, the DAX (^GDAXI) climbed 2% to 14,466. European shares have performed a hat-trick, rising for the third day in a row in the new year.
Across the pond, stocks were higher on hopes of an economic recovery in China, while focus was also on minutes from the Federal Reserve's December policy meeting for clues on the outlook for interest rate hikes.
In London, miners of precious and base metals took an early lead, rising around 1% as prices rebounded against a weaker US dollar.
Victoria Scholar, head of investment at Interactive Investor, said: “The FTSE 100 is extending gains after its first session of the year in which the UK index gained more than 1%.”
“China-sensitive Burberry (BRBY.L) is trading at the top of the FTSE 100 while commodity stocks like Glencore (GLEN.L), BP, Shell, and Centrica (CNA.L) are languishing at the bottom on the back of weaker oil and gas prices.”
“European bourses are higher for a third consecutive session with the CAC 40 outperforming. France’s inflation rate eased to 5.9% in December, beating analysts’ expectations for 6.4%.”
Meanwhile, Brent crude (BZ=F) dipped to around $78 per barrel, pressured by weak demand data from China.
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