European stocks rise further as Italy fears subside
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PARIS: Global stock markets recovered further on Monday (Jun 4) on easing concerns over political turmoil in Italy and with plans for a US-North Korea summit back on track, analysts said.The rally was further bolstered by Friday's forecast-busting US jobs report, with investors cheered by the formation of new governments in Italy and Spain.
"Fears of a trade war between the US and China are doing little to dent market optimism, with European and Asian indices trading in the green," noted Joshua Mahony, market analyst at IG trading group.Focus is turning to a Group of Seven (G7) summit in Quebec later in the week, where US President Donald Trump is expected to go head-to-head with other world leaders over trade levies on metal imports.The EU and Canada have filed complaints at the World Trade Organization, while US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin faced severe criticism at a G7 finance ministers' gathering at the weekend.After weeks of market volatility over fears of a trade war, revelations last week that the US created more jobs than expected in May and that unemployment in the world's biggest economy was at a near five-decade low have energised global stocks.
"US stocks are adding to Friday's labour report-fuelled rally in early action, with the global markets appearing to find some relief from cooled European political uncertainty and a June summit between North Korea and the US being put back on," Charles Schwab analysts wrote.Trump last week said he would meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un as originally scheduled on Jun 12 for a historic summit, just a week after threatening to consign the entire process to history.DARK CLOUDS AHEAD?But Capital Economics analysts warned the markets' defiance of trade war fears may not last.
"Investors have acclimatised to Donald Trump's 'megaphone' diplomacy," they wrote, adding that they may see the tariffs as "a negotiating tactic rather than the start of a full-blown trade war."While the analysts shared that view, they urged caution going further."The risk ought to continue to curb investors' enthusiasm for equities," they wrote.They also said Italy's new government - formed by an anti-establishment, rightwing alliance following weeks of turmoil - may not be such good news for markets after all."While the government sworn in by the president on Friday was arguably more market friendly than many might have feared, we don't think that Italy's problems are over and expect yields there to rise once more in due course," they wrote.Analyst Holger Schmieding of Berenberg Bank also warned that there may be more chaos further down the line."Italy's radicals will eventually have to choose between a U-turn back towards pro-growth reforms and fiscal prudence or a course that could weaken Italy's half-reformed economy further," he wrote.In contrast to the fearful reaction over Italy's political future, Spain's change of government has assuaged investors, with the corruption-plagued Mariano Rajoy replaced last week by socialist Pedro Sanchez.In what was likely music to investors' ears, a top socialist official on Monday said Sanchez would not include ministers in his cabinet from far-left party Podemos, even though it helped him oust Rajoy.Key figures around 1600 GMT:New York - Dow Jones: UP 0.8 per cent at 24,821.66 pointsLondon - FTSE 100: UP 0.5 per cent at 7,741.29 (close)Paris - CAC 40: UP 0.1 per cent at 5,472.91 (close)Frankfurt - DAX 30: UP 0.4 per cent at 12,770.75 (close)Milan - FTSE MIB: DOWN 0.5 per cent at 22,009.95 (close)Madrid - IBEX 35: UP 1.2 per cent at 9,750.30 (close)EURO STOXX 50: UP 0.2 per cent at 3,091.26Tokyo - Nikkei 225: UP 1.4 per cent at 22,475.94 (close)Hong Kong - Hang Seng: UP 1.7 per cent at 30,997.98 (close)Shanghai - Composite: UP 0.5 per cent at 3,091.19 (close)Euro/dollar: UP at US$1.1693 from US$1.1659 at 2100 GMT on FridayPound/dollar: DOWN at US$1.3315 from US$1.3347Dollar/yen: UP at 109.54 yen from 109.50 yenOil - Brent Crude: DOWN US$1.10 at US$75.69 per barrelOil - West Texas Intermediate: DOWN 78 cents at US$65.03 per barrel
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