European Stocks Advance Most in a Month After Draghi’s Comments

European stocks rebounded from a 15-month low after Mario Draghi said the European Central Bank may reconsider its monetary policy stance in March.

A weakening in the euro buoyed exporters and commodity producers, after Draghi noted an increase in downside risks this year and said there were no limits to the central bank’s actions within mandate. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index closed 1.9 percent higher, the biggest advance since Dec. 23, after an intraday gain of as much as 2.5 percent.

Concern over global-growth prospects have sent equities tumbling this year. Worries about the impact of China’s slowdown and tumbling oil prices, just as the Federal Reserve raised rates in December for the first time in almost a decade, sent the Stoxx 600 into a bear market last week. Odds have stayed low for a U.S. rate increase at next week’s meeting, and the probability of higher borrowing costs in March is also falling.

Source : Bloomberg


European Stocks Are Little Changed Before ECB Draghi’s Speech

European stocks were little changed at a two-month high, before a speech by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi that may give further indication on stimulus measures.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index climbed 0.1 percent to 346.76 at 8:17 a.m. in London. The benchmark gauge has jumped to its highest level since Sept. 22 as Draghi said the ECB may broaden its asset-buying program to include the purchase of government bonds, while China cut benchmark interest rates for the first time since 2012. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index slipped 0.2 percent. U.S. markets are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Indexes including France’s CAC 40 Index, Portugal’s PSI 20 Index and the Netherlands’ AEX Index are not trading. Euronext said on its website there will be no dissemination of all its indexes for the opening until further notice because of a technical incident.

Germany’s DAX Index climbed 0.2 percent for an 11th daily gain, the longest streak since May 2013.

Draghi may seek to reiterate the urgency of providing stimulus measures as he speaks in Helsinki at 1:30 p.m. local time, before a monetary-policy decision on Dec. 4. Data tomorrow will probably show inflation is sliding closer to zero, according to economists’ forecasts. ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio, said yesterday that officials would consider buying sovereign debt starting in the first quarter if needed.

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann, who has said sovereign-bond purchases by the ECB may face legal hurdles, is due to speak at 1:15 p.m. Frankfurt time.

The number of people out of work in Germany probably fell a seasonally adjusted 1,000 in November, after declining 22,000 the previous month, economists predicted before data at 9:55 a.m. local time. The unemployment rate probably held at 6.7 percent, they forecast.

Remy Cointreau SA rose 6.6 percent after the French cognac maker reported first-half operating profit that exceeded analysts’ estimates. Infineon Technologies AG dropped 1.7 percent after saying first-quarter sales may fall as much as 9 percent from the previous three months.

Source : Bloomberg