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Europe stocks higher as dovish Fed boosts risk assets

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Most major European bourses were higher, while markets in the U.K. were closed due to a bank holiday

European stocks were higher on Monday as dovish U.S. monetary policy signals gave a boost to global risk assets.

Most major European bourses were higher as global market players were betting supportive monetary policy measures will continue to buoy stocks despite the economic damage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, the Fed, which has cut interest rates to zero and open-ended asset-purchasing program to support the economy, laid out an inflation policy framework that would keep rates lower for longer.

In the U.K., markets were closed Monday due to a bank holiday.

Asia Pacific markets on Monday were largely higher, with Japanese shares leading the gains amid the search for a replacement of longstanding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. News that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has bought stakes in five leading Japanese trading firms also helped sentiment. The deal is viewed as a long-term bet on the global economy.

Investors are still keeping an eye on coronavirus developments though, as global cases surpassed 25 million on Sunday. According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S., Brazil and India have the highest number of infections, with the U.S. closing in on 6 million.

In corporate news, Swiss food and drink giant Nestle said it was buying U.S. peanut allergy treatment maker Aimmune Therapeutics, bolstering its health science portfolio. Nestle shares were marginally higher on Monday morning.

Telecom Italia shares were up 2.3% on Monday. The Italian state-backed telecommunications firm is close to agreeing a landmark deal with U.S. fund KKR that could lay the groundwork for plans to create a single ultrafast broadband network, Reuters reported.

As for data, German inflation figures are due at 9 a.m. London time, as well as a final reading for Italy’s second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth.


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