By Emily Horton
British American Tobacco
Europe’s markets were up on Monday after reports the U.S. and China are rapidly moving towards reaching an agreement to end their prolonged tariff war.
How are markets performing?
The Stoxx Europe 600 /zigman2/quotes/210599654/delayed XX:SXXP +0.90% added 0.3% to 375.38 after finishing up 0.8% last week.
France’s CAC 40 /zigman2/quotes/210597958/delayed FR:PX1 +0.85% was the regions top gainer, climbing 0.5% to 5,293.58, while Italy’s FTSE MIB index /zigman2/quotes/210598024/delayed IT:I945 +0.88% rose by 0.2% to 20,729.16.
Meanwhile, the FTSE 100 /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX +0.52% rose by 0.2% to 7,120.98, Germany’s DAX /zigman2/quotes/210223310/composite DAX +1.56% was flat at 11,606.62 and Spain’s IBEX 35 /zigman2/quotes/210597995/delayed XX:IBEX +0.49% rose 0.2% to 9,236.30,
The pound /zigman2/quotes/210561263/realtime/sampled GBPUSD +0.4208% climbed to $1.3247 from $1.3205.
“The pound looks bearish on the technical charts but we know that politics drive sterling these days,” Konstantinos Anthis, head of research at ADSS, said in a note to clients. “Even though the U.K. currency has seen a correction from the $1.3350 highs over the previous week, recent news suggests that several members of PM May’s “internal opposition” are prepared to agree terms and support her efforts to deliver Brexit.”
The euro /zigman2/quotes/210561242/realtime/sampled EURUSD +0.1253% fell to $1.1342 from $1.1368 late in New York on Friday night.
What’s driving the markets?
Equity gains were driven by investor optimism over the latest trade deal developments between the U.S. and China.
Articles from Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal said China was offering to ease tariffs and other restrictions on U.S. farms, chemical, auto and other products, while Washington is reportedly removing most sanctions on Chinese imports, according to an unidentified source.
Reports suggest that a deal could be signed later this month.
What stocks are active?
The Daily Mail & General Trust PLC /zigman2/quotes/206568132/delayed UK:DMGT +0.89% led the Stoxx 600 top gainers, adding 5% after the group announced it will return $1.19 billion excess cash to shareholders.
Meanwhile, British equipment manufacturer Rotork PLC /zigman2/quotes/200372942/delayed UK:ROR +1.01% was at the other end of the spectrum, leading Europe’s decliners with a 8% loss after the board announced it was planning for slower growth in 2019.