Friday 20 April 2018

European stocks higher on tentative signs of global economic improvement

European equities touched fresh multi-month peaks on Monday, with technical charts pointing to a continued slow grind higher backed by tentative signs of improvement in the global economy and corporate earnings.

The Euro STOXX 50 provisionally closed 0.1pc higher at 2,746.22 points, setting fresh 18-month peaks in the wake of stronger-than-expected U.S. durable goods orders showing firms in the world's biggest economy had stepped up spending.

The daily moves on the euro zone blue-chip index have averaged less than 10 points since Jan. 3, less than half of the usual size for 2012.

"It's not the top [of the market] but it's not going to accelerate, it's a slow market and you just have to be patient," said Valerie Gastaldy, analyst at Day By Day.

"As long as we are above (technical support at) 2,723 we can aim for 2,790. We are not that overbought because we've been very, very slow."

The FTSEurofirst 300 was down 0.1pc at 1,173.77 points after touching a two-year intra-day peak of 1,176.19 plans.

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