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Europe Markets: European stocks rally and U.S. futures extend gains on central bank action

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People walk with bags after shopping at the Selfridges department store in London, Monday, June 15, 2020. After three months of being closed under coronavirus restrictions, shops selling fashion, toys and other non-essential goods are being allowed to reopen across England for the first time since the country went into lockdown in March.

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European stocks rallied on Tuesday, as the previous day’s worries over the spreading coronavirus succumbed to optimism over central bank support.

Down five of the past six sessions, the Stoxx Europe 600
traded 2.3% higher.

The German DAX
, French CAC 40
and U.K. FTSE
bounced back.

Travel stocks including cruise-ship operator Carnival
and International Consolidated Airlines Group

The gains on the Continent tracked the reversal on Wall Street. Futures on the Dow industrials
rose 348 points after the 157-point gain for the blue chips
on Monday.

The Federal Reserve said Monday it will begin buying a broad and diversified portfolio of corporate bonds, extending a program that until now has been limited to purchasing bond exchange traded funds. The Bank of Japan on Tuesday extended its corporate lending package to about $1 trillion. The Bank of England announces its next monetary policy decision on Thursday.

“It’s hard to ignore the sensitivity of risk assets to the Fed credit facilities – for now, we still need to be concerned about a new covid-19 outbreak in Beijing and a growing wave of new daily infections in several southern U.S. states,” said Stephen Innes, global chief market strategist at AxiCorp. “But its the transmission mechanism from rising regular cases to financial markets that is ultimately the concern and whether local or central governments re-impose social-distancing measures.”

Data released underscored the damage to the economy from the coronavirus lockdowns. The U.K. claimant count surged by nearly 529,000 in May.

Ashtead Group
shares jumped 14% as the U.K.-based industrial-equipment rental provider maintained its dividend and said that since April 10, its U.S. fleet on rent stabilized and then increased. It said there were similar trends in the U.K. and Canada.

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