September 30, 2022

European markets closed higher after the European Central Bank raised interest rates

European markets closed higher after the European Central Bank raised interest rates

European markets closed higher on Friday, as investors reacted to… high rate standard From the European Central Bank and other comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 index temporarily rose 1.6%, and all major sectors and exchanges were in positive territory. Mining stocks rose 3.2% to lead the gains, while technology stocks rose 2.7%.

On Thursday, the European Central Bank announced a 75 basis point rate hike, raising the deposit rate to 0.75%. The bank also revised its inflation forecast – to 8.1% on average in 2022 – and said it expects to raise interest rates further because “inflation remains very high and is likely to remain above target for a long time”.

Meanwhile, Federal Reserve Chairman Powell said Thursday that the US central bank will do so Raise rates to tackle inflation “until the job is done.”

“History is wary of premature mitigation,” said Powell at the Cato Institute, a liberal think tank based in Washington, D.C. The work is done.”

Markets in the Asia Pacific region were higher Investors also absorbed a large number of central bank news, and US stock futures were also in positive territory.

Meanwhile, world leaders Pay homage to Queen Elizabeth IIBritain’s longest-serving monarch died on Thursday at the age of 96.

The Bank of England said on Friday that it will postpone its September Monetary Policy Committee meeting by a week as the country enters a period of national mourning.