European markets higher after UK fiscal U-turns; EU energy announcement

Stocks on the move: Avanza Bank gains drop to 9%, Eurofins Scientific down 4%

Avanza Bank’s gains have slowed mid-morning, hovering around 9%. The price of shares in the Swedish bank had risen 16% earlier in the day.

Shares in Eurofins Scientific dropped 4.4% after the company reported a drop in third-quarter revenues. The French diagnostics firm saw a decline in its Covid-19 testing and reagents.

— Hannah Ward-Glenton

London stocks hit one-week high following UK policy reversals

The FTSE 100 is up 0.6% to 6,920.24 points mid-morning following policy U-turns by the new British Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt on Monday.

The index hit a one-week high earlier in the day, peaking at 7,012.58 points at 8.30 am London time.

EU to propose extra energy measures but avoid gas price cap

The European Commission is expected to propose extra emergency energy measures today to combat high prices, but an immediate cap on gas prices will not be included, Reuters reported.

The Commission will propose that as a “last resort” it could set a temporary “maximum dynamic price.”

— Hannah Ward-Glenton

Inflation stickiness could be the Bank of England’s biggest issue, portfolio manager says

The Bank of England’s biggest issue is how sticky inflation might be, said Jon Day, global bond portfolio manager at Newton Investment Management.

Day also said the Bank is in a “very, very difficult place” while discussing the UK’s gilt market.

Avanza Bank tops Stoxx 600 with 15% rise after earnings release

Sweden’s largest stockbroker Avanza Bank tops the Stoxx 600 index at the start of trade with gains of 15% at 8.20 am London time.

Shares are up after the bank reported third quarter operating profits of 502 million Swedish krona ($45.1 million), beating estimates by almost 18%.

The company’s revenue was more than 9% above consensus at 740 million Swedish krona.

— Hannah Ward-Glenton

European markets open marginally higher: Stoxx 600 up 0.45%

The Stoxx 600 index opened in the green this morning, up 0.45% at 8.10 am London time.

— Hannah Ward-Glenton

Opening calls: European markets set to open higher

the FTSE 100 is expected to open 55.7 points higher, France’s CAC index around 68.8 points higher, Germany’s DAX index up about 153 points, and Italy’s MIB 290.9 points higher.

— Hannah Ward-Glenton

Bank of England will further delay quantitative tightening, FT reports

The Bank of England is set to further delay quantitative tightening — the sale of billions of pounds of government bonds, known as gilts — until the market settles, the Financial Times reported Tuesday.

The move should encourage more stability in gilt markets, according to the report.

A spokesperson from the Bank of England said later Tuesday: “This morning’s FT report that the BoE has decided to delay MPC gilt sales (‘QT’) is inaccurate.”

— Hannah Ward-Glenton

CNBC Pro: Strategist predicts when the S&P 500 could bottom — and names 3 stocks he likes right now

Rob Luna, chief investment strategist at Surevest, says his firm has “started to witness individual stocks outperforming and showing signs of already bottoming.”

He predicts when the S&P 500‘s long-term move downward could turn, and names the stocks he thinks look attractive right now.

CNBC Pro subscribers can read more here.

— Weizhen Tan

CNBC Pro: Top Goldman Sachs strategist picks the global small-cap stocks he says look cheap

Smaller companies had a difficult year. In fact, according to Peter Oppenheimer, Goldman Sachs’ chief global equity strategist, they’ve had the worst year-to-date since the turn of the century.

However, he argued that the segment is starting to look “inexpensive,” and named several global stocks with stable growth and good profitability.

Pro subscribers can read more here.

— Zavier Ong

Monday’s rally saw all close sectors more than 10% from 52-week highs

During Monday’s rally, all three major indices climbed and the Nasdaq its best day since July. It also closed more than 34% from its 52-week high, while the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average were 23% and 18% from their 52-week highs, respectively.

All sectors also closed more than 10% from their 52-week highs, led by communication services that was up more than 40% from the key level. Tech, consumer discretionary and real estate were all more than 32% from 52-week highs, while financials and materials were more than 22% from 52-week highs.

—Carmen Reinicke

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