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European stocks higher; economic outlook, monetary policies in spotlight

Published Nov 13, 2023 15:28 Updated Nov 13, 2023 17:18
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Investing.com - European stock markets edged higher Monday, helped by the positive close on Wall Street last week but investors continue to fret about the global growth outlook amid restrictive monetary policies.

At 04:10 ET (09:10 GMT), the DAX index in Germany traded 0.5% higher, the CAC 40 in France traded up 0.7% and the FTSE 100 in the U.K. climbed 0.7%.

Weak eurozone economic outlook

European stocks have started the new week on a positive note, following on from the big gains on Wall Street on Friday, boosted by heavyweight tech and growth stocks as Treasury yields calmed.

However, these gains look tentative as the economic outlook for the eurozone deteriorated last week, suggesting there is a growing chance of a recession either late this year or early next.

This view hasn’t been helped by weakness in China, the world’s second largest economy and a major export market for a number of Europe’s major companies. 

Data showed China's Singles Day shopping fiesta over the weekend - equivalent to Black Friday sales in the U.S. - recorded only meagre growth, indicating that the country’s consumers still lack confidence.

Investors will be keeping an eye on this week’s U.S.-Sino Presidential meeting, looking for a thawing in the relationship between the two largest economies in the world.

Central bankers in spotlight

Investors also remained concerned about the potential for global central banks to keep interest rates higher for longer as they attempt to combat inflation.

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde last week said that rates will stay restrictive at least for several quarters, and her deputy Luis de Guindos is scheduled to speak later today, giving the keynote speech to kick off Euro Finance Week.

Also last week, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said officials "are not confident" that interest rates are yet high enough to finish the battle with inflation. 

There are a number of Fed officials due to speak during the week, as policymakers weigh any further tightening ahead of their next meeting on Dec. 12-13. Their views will be studied carefully, especially after Moody's (NYSE:MCO) downgraded its outlook for the U.S. sovereign debt rating later Friday.

Volkswagen (ETR:VOWG_p) could cut administrative jobs

Volkswagen (ETR:VOWG) stock gained 0.7% after Handelsblatt reported Monday, citing an internal company podcast, that the German auto giant could cut administrative personnel jobs as part of savings and cost-cutting measures.

Novo Nordisk (CSE:NOVOb) stock jumped 3% after data showed heart-protective benefits of its wildly popular Wegovy obesity treatment are due to more than weight loss alone.

Phoenix Group (LON:PHNX) stock soared 7.8% after the insurer raised its full-year cash generation forecast.

Crude starts new week lower

Oil prices retreated Monday, starting the new week on a weak note given persistent concerns over slowing global demand, particularly from China, the world's biggest crude oil importer. 

By 04:10 ET, the U.S. crude futures traded 0.2% lower at $77.02 a barrel, while the Brent contract dropped 0.2% to $81.28 a barrel. 

Both benchmarks posted gains on Friday, but still lost about 4% for the week, notching their third weekly losses for the first time since May.

Additionally, gold futures rose 0.2% to $1,9440.60/oz, while EUR/USD traded 0.1% higher at 1.0689.

 

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