Thursday 22 February 2018

EDF, Infineon outlooks help buoy European shares

EUROPEAN shares edged higher on Tuesday, helped by a batch of strong corporate updates, including from French utility group EDF and German chip-maker Infineon.

Both companies raised their full-year outlook after a solid showing in the first half of the year.

EDF rose 5.7pc and Infineon was up 4pc to be the top risers on the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which was up 0.2pc at 1,208.79 points.

Banking stocks curbed gains on the index, falling 0.5pc after Barclays announced a larger-than-expected rights issue at a discount of 44pc to its closing share price on Monday.

"That's quite a heavy discount to the current share price and a larger than expected fund raising exercise which will put pressure on Barclays and the rest of the sector," Ronnie Chopra, a strategist at TradeNext, said.

"A sharp fall (in Barclays) yesterday in anticipation and no doubt this will continue today."


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