LONDON — European stocks moved higher on Monday, continuing a positive trend seen at the end of last week’s trading.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 index added 0.7% in early trade, with basic resources jumping 2.9% to lead gains as all sectors and major bourses entered positive territory.
The higher open on Monday comes after the European blue chip index closed up by 2.6% last Friday, marking its best day in more than three months.
But despite the positive end to the trading week, last week was marked by more volatile trading as investors assessed the risks posed by inflation and fears of an economic recession.
Central banks around the world have already taken steps to combat inflation which has been driven by rising energy and food costs, driven in no small part by the war in Ukraine.
The prospect of more aggressive rate tightening by central banks has spooked markets and stoked fears of a recession, which US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told Congress last week was a “possibility” as he reiterated that the central bank is “strongly committed” to bringing down inflation.
Overnight, US stock futures rose slightly on Monday morning following a major rebound last week from this year’s steep declines, while shares in the Asia-Pacific region traded higher,
Elsewhere on Monday, investors will be looking for more updates from the summit of the Group of Seven leaders. US President Joe Biden joined the leaders of the world’s wealthiest democracies, including Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Japan, for the three-day summit beginning Sunday at which Ukraine and the global economy are topping the agenda.
As the G-7 leaders gathered in Germany, the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv was once again hit by Russian missile strikes, several months after Russian forces withdrew from the city to focus on eastern Ukraine, where they have made significant headway in recent weeks.