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Europe: Shares cut losses after Powell stays dovish

Published Thu, Jul 15, 2021 · 06:12 AM

[BENGALURU] European shares recovered most of their day's losses to remain near record highs on Wednesday after a dovish tone from the US Federal Reserve calmed fears brought about by rising inflation in the United States.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday said US monetary policy will offer "powerful support" to the economy "until the recovery is complete", reiterating that the rise in inflation was transitory.

Data on Tuesday showing that US inflation ran hotter than expected in June had investors fearing that a policy tightening could come sooner than expected.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 index ended 0.1 per cent down.

It had lost as much as 0.4 per cent during the session, after hitting a record high on Tuesday.

Miners, banks, technology and auto stocks gained between 0.3 per cent and 1 per cent to keep overall losses in check.

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"Powell's testimony has ... been enough to make waves in the commodity space ... and helping miners on the FTSE 100 to make gains," said Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at online trader IG.

European Central Bank policymakers have stressed in recent weeks that they will not remove support measures prematurely as the economic recovery is still under way.

In the UK, however, the FTSE 100 dropped 0.5 per cent on a stronger pound after data showed British inflation jumped to 2.5 per cent in June, further above the Bank of England's target and its highest level since August 2018.

Travel & leisure shares were among the biggest losers, falling an average 1 per cent. TUI, the world's largest holiday company, shed 7.2 per cent on reports that had it cancelled more holidays this month and next as the Delta variant of the coronavirus races around the globe.

Swedish telecoms operator Tele2 gained 5.9 per cent after reporting an 8 per cent rise in quarterly core earnings, helped by cost savings and a reduction in pandemic-related headwinds.

German fashion house Hugo Boss rose 2.1 per cent after forecasting that revenue would grow 30 to 35 per cent this year.

German airline Lufthansa slipped 1.8 per cent after saying passenger numbers were currently around 40 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, and that it aimed to reach 60 to 70 per cent by the end of the year.

REUTERS

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