Europe shrugs off trade worries with quarterly gain


European shares ended a decent quarter with a bounce yesterday enjoying a respite from trade war fears after China eased foreign investment limits.

The pan-European STOXX 600 was up 0.8pc at its close, while Germany's trade-sensitive DAX jumped 1.1pc. The escalation of the United States' trade dispute with China and the EU had taken its toll on European shares in June, with the index down 0.8pc this month. However, that still left it with a 2.4pc gain in the second quarter.

In Dublin the Iseq was up 0.43pc at 6,982.83.

A deal struck by EU leaders on immigration in the early morning also help improved sentiment and triggered a jump in the euro.

"The migrant crisis in Europe threatened German Chancellor Angela Merkel's fragile coalition, which was in danger of collapsing if she left the summit without a deal," commented Jasper Lawler, head of research at London Capital Group. The tech sector, hard hit during the week as worries about global trade grew, also enjoyed a strong rebound with a 1.6pc rise.

German lighting group Osram, which plunged over 20pc during the previous session after slashing its profit guidance, recouped some of its losses, rising 5.8pc. Banks were also on the rise. Spain's Caixabank gained 3.3pc after announcing the sale of its real estate business.

Deutsche Bank rose about 1.8pc despite failing a US stress test. "This was expected, in our view, and we see no material change to our view," Goldman Sachs said in a note.

As a whole, while the European banking sector was up 0.6pc on the day, it remains one of the worst performers of 2018 with a decline of more than 12pc since the beginning of the year.

Among fallers, Belgium's Galapagos helped bring up the rear with a loss of 4.4pc. The stock regained of its earlier losses following disappointing drug trial results.