Sunday 25 February 2018

European shares advance, with miners gaining ground

European shares
European shares

European equities climbed higher in early trading on Tuesday, with the market catching up after a long weekend while mining stocks tracked stronger metals prices.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.8pc by 0717 GMT after falling 1.5pc on Thursday. European markets were closed on Friday and Monday due to the Easter holiday.

RSA Insurance rose 2.4pc after Deutsche Bank and Barclays increased their target prices for the stock.

The STOXX Europe 600 Basic Resources index rose more than 1pc as metals prices climbed, helped by a weaker dollar which makes metals more affordable for investors holding other currencies, and encouraging industrial profits in top metals user China.

Shares in Anglo American and Glencore also rose around 1pc.

Investors were also awaiting Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech at 1620 GMT for fresh signals on the outlook for US interest rate hikes, after a chorus of hawkish comments from other Fed officials.


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