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Thursday 18 January 2018

European shares rise after Turkish rate hike

Two women hold umbrellas as they walk past the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square - Irish software firm Globoforce is set to list on the Nasdaq within weeks. Photo: Reuters/Lucas Jackson.
Two women hold umbrellas as they walk past the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square - Irish software firm Globoforce is set to list on the Nasdaq within weeks. Photo: Reuters/Lucas Jackson.

European shares rose today after Turkey hiked all its key interest rates overnight to defend its currency, helping to buoy equity markets that had been hit by waning appetite for riskier assets.

Turkey's central bank raised its overnight lending rate to 12pc from 7.75pc in a much sharper move than forecast, and investors said it could help stem a recent sell-off in emerging markets.

"It's a step in the right direction," said Berkeley Futures associate director Richard Griffiths.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.8pc at 1,308.29 points in early trading, and the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index rose 1pc to 3,068.96 points.

The FTSEurofirst 300 had lost 4.2pc between Thursday and Monday, marking its steepest three-day fall since June 2013, as investors fretted about slower Chinese growth, reduced U.S. monetary stimulus and domestic problems in emerging markets from Turkey to Thailand and Argentina.

 

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