European stocks higher as markets anticipate first ECB rate cut since 2019

6 Haziran 2024 12:08



The pan-European Stoxx 600 was up 0.6 percent in early deals, with all major bourses and the vast majority of sectors in the green. Notably, tech stocks jumped 1.7 percent, demonstrating their resilience, while healthcare stocks added 1 percent, led by Danish pharmaceuticals giant Novo Nordisk.

Healthcare stocks added 1 percent, led by Danish pharmaceuticals giant Novo Nordisk, which climbed 3.9 percent to hit a fresh record high amid continued demand for its blockbuster Wegovy weight loss drugs.

Although the ECB is widely expected to cut interest rates when policymakers meet, investors keenly observe the situation. They will watch closely to see whether a slightly higher-than-expected euro zone inflation print released last Friday affects the central bank’s decision-making, potentially impacting the market.

In any case, the ECB meeting has fired up markets elsewhere; Asia-Pacific stocks rose overnight as investors awaited the central bank’s rate cut, while softer U.S. labour market data on Wednesday fueled hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve might follow suit, boosting market sentiment.

Albania News Agency

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