European and Asian stocks make gains after Wall Street rally

Tom Belger
·Finance and policy reporter
·2 min read
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 31: The bull of Wall Street is seen during the pass of the snowstorm on January 31, 2021 in New York City. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency order due to the arriving storm that"u2019s expected to wallop New York, where airports are expected to cancel the majority if their flights. (Photo by Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress)
The bull of Wall Street sculpture during snowfall in New York. Photo: Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress.

European and Asian markets made gains on Tuesday, with a Wall Street rally lifting sentiment worldwide.

Germany’s DAX (^GDAXI) rose 1.4%, France’s CAC 40 (^FCHI) was up 1.2% and the Europe-wide Stoxx 600 (^STOXX) rose 1.3%. The FTSE (^FTSE) edged 0.2% higher.

“Whatever medicine the market took over the weekend it worked as after experiencing their worst week since October, global equity markets got February off to a strong start as concerns eased over the broader market impact of retail investors,” wrote Deutsche Bank analysts in a note.

Wall Street had rebounded on Monday after its worst week since October. The Dow Jones (^DJI) rose 0.8%, and the S&P 500 (^GSPC) recovered most of Friday’s losses to close 1.6% higher.

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Tech stocks led gains on the Nasdaq (^IXIC), which surged 2.6% higher on its best day since early January ahead of Amazon and Alphabet earnings later on Tuesday.

US futures were pointing to continued gains. S&P 500 (ES=F) and Dow Jones futures (YM=F) both edged 0.5% higher as European markets opened, while futures on the Nasdaq (NQ=F) rose 0.7%.

Asian markets had also closed higher. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (^HSI) gained 1.2%, and Japan’s Nikkei (^N225) was up 1%. The Shanghai Composite Index (000001.SS) closed 0.8%.

“Confidence has returned to global equity markets with stocks in Europe higher again this morning after bouncing back on Monday from a choppy final week of January,” said Neil Wilson, chief markets analyst at Markets.com.

“We can probably put this down to bears lacking any serious catalyst, the combination of stimulus and vaccines still underpinning a broad confidence, and Chinese repo market stress from last week is fading.”

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Deutsche Bank analysts added: “Amidst the broader equity rally, many of the Reddit-fuelled trades from last week lost ground yesterday.”

GameStop shed 30.8% as a co-ordinated retail investors’ squeeze on hedge funds’ short positions lost steam. Much of the focus has shifted to silver (SI=F), which jumped 7.7% on its strongest day since August on Monday.

Silver prices then plummeted, trading 5.9% lower as trading got underway in Europe. It came after the CME Group, which runs Comex, the main trading market for silver futures, hiked margins on contracts “to ensure adequate collateral coverage” amid the volatility.

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