European stocks close higher as euro hovers close to dollar parity; EDF shares up 6%

European stocks close higher as euro hovers close to dollar parity; EDF shares up 6%
KEY POINTS
  • The pan-European Stoxx 600 index provisionally ended up 0.4%, with most sectors and major bourses in positive territory.
  • Investors are also gearing up for the latest U.S. inflation reading on Wednesday.
  • German investor sentiment fell sharply in July. The ZEW economic research institute said on Tuesday that its economic sentiment index fell to -53.8 points from -28 last month.

LONDON — European stocks closed higher on Tuesday, reversing earlier losses as market participants closely monitored the euro and economic data.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 index provisionally ended up 0.4%, with most sectors and major bourses in positive territory.

Financial services stocks led the gains, up nearly 2%, while oil and gas stocks fell 1.2%.

TICKERCOMPANYNAMEPRICECHANGE%CHANGEVOLUME
FTSE 100*FTSE7209.8613.270.18851968663
DAX*DAX12905.4873.040.5765198386
CAC 40 IndexCAC6044.247.90.871122102

The euro reversed losses that saw the single currency teetering on the brink of parity with the dollar on Tuesday morning. It was last seen trading 0.2% higher at $1.006.

The euro had slipped 0.4% to trade at $1.0001 earlier in the session as the euro zone’s energy supply crisis and economic woes continue to depress the common currency.

Looking at individual stocks, France’s EDF was among the top performers on the index. Shares of the Paris-listed stock rose over 6% after two sources told Reuters that the French government was poised to pay more than 8 billion euros ($8 billion) to bring the power giant back under full state control.

The French government announced last week that it would nationalize the company. It already owns 84% of the firm.

The worst performer on the index was Swedish cloud communications company Sinch, down over 13% as it extended losses seen on Monday. The company said its second-quarter profit will be hit after it reassessed the historical cost of goods sold, Reuters reported.

Oil and gas stocks were volatile Tuesday morning, veering between positive and negative territory as investors weighed the risks regarding gas supplies to Europe after Russia suspended deliveries of gas to Germany via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline while it undergoes its annual summer maintenance.

The planned 10-day maintenance of the pipeline has stoked fears that Russia could further disrupt gas supplies to Germany.

On the data front, German investor sentiment fell sharply in July. The ZEW economic research institute said on Tuesday that its economic sentiment index fell to -53.8 points from -28 last month. The reading was weighed down by lingering concerns about Germany’s energy supply, the European Central Bank’s monetary policy and pandemic-related lockdowns in China.

Negative sentiment in European markets comes as investors prepare for more key inflation data out of the U.S. this week.

The June consumer price index is expected to show headline inflation, including food and energy, rising above May’s 8.6% level.

Market participants have been reflecting on a stronger-than-expected job report out of the U.S. last Friday which showed that the economic downturn worrying investors has not yet arrived.

The jobs report, while good for the economy, could embolden the Federal Reserve to continue its aggressive rate hikes in the coming months to fight persistently high inflation. It will be tested with a slew of U.S. earnings from major banks and the latest consumer inflation reading coming up this week.

There are no major earnings releases in Europe on Tuesday.

This article was originally published on cnbc.com

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