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Europe close: Stocks carried higher by positive sentiment on Wall Street


Europe close: Stocks carried higher by positive sentiment on Wall Street

Fri, 21 September 2018
Europe close: Stocks carried higher by positive sentiment on Wall Street

(Sharecast News) - Stocks on the Continent finished higher going into the weekend, tracking fresh gains on Wall Street, where some of the main stockmarket gauges had notched-up fresh all-time highs just the day before.
Commenting on the situation in markets, Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK, said: "This rising tide of optimism, despite the fractious back drop of continued scattergun tweeting from President Trump, has had the effect of lifting all boats, pulling Asia markets higher with the Japan Topix hitting a four month high.

"Markets in Europe which had until recently diverged from US markets are also set to enjoy a decent week with the DAX hitting its highest levels this month, as well as a second successive weekly gain, while we've seen European markets open higher this morning taking their cues from last night's US session and this morning's positive Asia session."

By the end of trading, the benchmark Stoxx 600 was up by 0.43% or 1.66 points to 384.29, alongside a rise of 0.85% or 104.40 points to 12,430.88 for the German Dax and a gain of 0.69% or 148.36 points to 21,536.74 for the FTSE Mibtel.

Nevertheless, data published at the end of the week revealed a much sharper-than-expected slowdown last month in the single currency bloc's manufacturing sector.

IHS Markit's factory sector Purchasing Managers' Index fell from a reading of 54.7 for August to 52.8 in September (consensus: 54.5)- a 28-month low.

In parallel, euro/dollar was drifting 0.29% lower to 1.17434, although technical analysts at WebFG said recent price action pointed towards a move back towards its 200-day moving average, at 1.1950.

NASDAQ 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
American Airlines Group 43.60 4.08 23:09
Starbucks Corp. 57.45 1.81 22:56
Cisco Systems Inc. 48.56 1.74 23:03
Fiserv Inc. 81.44 1.65 22:25
Texas Instruments Inc 110.05 1.44 23:05

NASDAQ 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Micron Technology Inc. 44.74 -2.87 23:09
Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc. 97.84 -2.55 22:26
Incyte Corp. 66.59 -2.48 22:25
Workday, Inc. 138.63 -2.14 23:09
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. 121.99 -2.10 23:09