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Dec 7, 2016

European Markets Closing Report by CNBC on December 7, 2016: European Stocks Close Higher as Traders Eye ECB Stimulus; BMPS Jumps 10%; Renzi to Resign

cnbc.com
 
Silvia Amaro, Sam Meredith
 
European stocks closed higher on Wednesday afternoon as investors shifted their focus to the European Central Bank's (ECB) upcoming meeting, where they expect further monetary stimulus to be announced.

BMPS jumps 9%




 


FTSE FTSE 6894.52
114.68 1.69% 793792933
DAX DAX 10979.39
204.07 1.89% 119416820
CAC CAC 4688.80
56.86 1.23% 107614645
IBEX 35 IBEX 35 Idx 9000.70
107.40 1.21% 282843716
The Stoxx 600 was provisionally 0.82 percent higher with most sectors trading in positive territory. Basic resource stocks were among the top performers at the close, climbing more than 3.1 percent.
Autos and banking stocks were also gaining with the latter up by 2.2 percent - reaching new record levels. Recent reassurances on the Italian banking system seem to be calming contagion fears across the euro area. All the major bourses closed higher.
In Italy, shares of the troubled Monte Dei Paschi were near the top of the index, jumping more than 8 percent on reports that the government is preparing to inject money and take a controlling stake in the bank. Both the Italian Treasury and the bank itself have declined to comment on this report, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, economists and traders were gearing up for the ECB's rate announcement on Thursday. "European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi is set to announce an extension of his quantitative easing (QE) program after the bank's Governing Council meeting in Frankfurt on 8 December. The base case is an extension by six months, prolonging QE from its currently envisaged end date in March through September 201," Carsten Nickel, deputy director of research at Teneo Intelligence, said in a note this week.
In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrial average recovered to edge higher and remains on track to hit another record high at the close.

Credit Suisse up 3.7%

Credit Suisse lowered its 2018 pre-tax income targets for its Asia Pacific and international wealth management divisions. It also reported on Wednesday more than 1 billion Swiss francs ($0.99 billion) in extra cost cuts, according to Reuters. Its shares were up by 6 percent on the news.
Post Nl was at the bottom of the pan-European benchmark, falling more than 11 percent, after rejecting a bid by BPost.

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Data released in Germany showed the country's industrial production recovering only marginally in October, increasing by 0.3 percent on the month. It was up by 1.2 percent on the year.