Europe stock markets today: New coronavirus strain weighs on sentiment

LONDON — European shares closed greater Tuesday afternoon, trying to get better from a brutal sell-off within the earlier session, regardless of considerations over a brand new coronavirus strain within the U.Okay.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 provisionally closed 1.3% greater, with Germany's DAX and France's CAC indexes rising round 1.3% and 1.6% respectively. Britain's FTSE 100 closed 0.5% up after initially falling. Banking shares have been among the many high gainers, up 1.8%, with Barclays and Lloyds each climbing over 3% to guide the sector. Elsewhere, expertise was up 2.5% as European markets closed.

European markets got here beneath heavy promoting strain Monday amid considerations over a fast-spreading Covid mutation that was first recognized in Britain. The new variant pressured the U.Okay. authorities to close down London and different elements of southeast England and backtrack on the blending of households over the Christmas break.

The variant, which scientists say is as much as 70% extra transmissible than earlier strains within the U.Okay., has additionally been recognized in Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Australia. It has induced a number of nations world wide to close their borders to Britain, disrupting journey and elevating considerations over potential meals shortages because the Brexit transition deadline nears.

Meanwhile, the U.Okay. and EU stay deadlocked over post-Brexit commerce relations because the Dec. 31 deadline approaches, with disputes over points equivalent to fisheries plaguing talks. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated Monday that the nation may nonetheless crash out with out a deal.

"The position is unchanged, there are problems," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson informed reporters Monday. "It's vital that everybody understands that the U.K. has got to be able to control its own laws completely and also that we've got to be able to control our own fisheries."

"It remains the case that WTO terms would be more than satisfactory for the U.K. and we can certainly cope with any difficulties that are thrown in our way."

Sterling prolonged Monday's losses on Tuesday, falling one other 1% to round $1.33.

Official knowledge confirmed U.Okay. GDP grew by a document 16% within the third quarter, however that also didn't make up for an 18.8% decline within the earlier quarter when a lot of the economic system was shut down.

On Wall Street, main U.S. stock indexes opened across the flatline as a litany of Covid-related headlines stored a lid on an in any other case spectacular fourth-quarter rally.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened simply decrease, down 40 factors, or about 0.15%. Losses in Visa, Nike and 3M greater than offset positive factors in Boeing, Apple and Salesforce.

The muted transfer got here as Congress on Monday evening handed a coronavirus aid and authorities spending bundle. The invoice now goes to President Donald Trump's desk.

Looking at particular person shares, British grocery store shares have been beneath strain Tuesday after they warned that disruption from worldwide journey bans may result in gaps on cabinets. Sainsbury fell by 1.1% whereas Tesco and B&M European hovered across the flatline.

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