Market Report - Europe Close
Stocks on the Continent finished sharply lower as a falling out between European Union leaders over whether to issue common debt in order to raise funds to see through the Covid-19 pandemic sapped dragged on investor confidence.
Stocks across the Continent added to the previous day's gains after the head of the US central bank reassured investors that we "will not run out of ammunition".
Stocks on the Continent finished firmly higher for a second consecutive day, alongside further gains on Wall Street and amid some positive headlines on the coronavirus front and as regards government relief measures.
Stocks staged their first big rally on Tuesday since the coronavirus pandemic took hold, finishing at their best levels of the session after US lawmakers said they were close to agreeing a spending plan to help buoy the economy and Germany said that it might ramp-up its own stimulus.
Shares fell at the start of the week with traders' focus firmly om the still rapidly rising number of cases in both Europe and the US - although there were some glimmers of hope in Italy.
Stocks across the Continent finished higher heading into the weekend after the head of the European Central Bank said policy-makers in Frankfurt stood ready to ramp up asset purchases further and amid reports that Germany was preparing a large fund to help see firms through the coronavirus crisis.
Stock markets on the Continent managed a higher close on Thursday helped by coordinated actions by central banks on both sides of the Pond and a bounce in crude oil futures.
Stocks across the Continent succumbed to heavy selling pressure again as some observers fretted that a proposed US stimulus package might fall short, even while keeping an eye trained on longer-term government bond yields and the price of oil slid again.
Stocks across the Continent only managed a slight gain in a roller-coaster session that saw an initial sharp bounce give way to losses in the middle of the session.
Stock markets across the Continent took another leg lower on Monday despite moves by several of the world's central banks to loosen policy and as G-7 leaders committed to use all tools necessary to return economic growth to its pre-coronavirus crisis level.
Stocks across the Continent finished slightly higher as the European Commission and German officials promised to open the fiscal taps to offset the impact of the coronavirus health crisis.
Europe's main stock market gauges crashed on Thursday after the European Central Bank's latest policy decision wrong-footed some analysts and following a surprise temporary ban by Washington on travel from European Schengen-area countries that sent travel and leisure stocks hurtling lower.
A bounce in stock markets across the Continent faltered, mimicking a similar move on Wall Street overnight, as investors grappled with worries about the short-term hit to economic growth from the coronavirus.
Stocks on the Continent surrendered early gains amid reports of divisions in the US Congress regarding the need for stimulus measures to help the economy and signs that the oil price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia may just be starting to get underway.
Stocks on the Continent were slammed at the start of the week as crude oil prices crashed after Saudi Arabia kicked-off a price war in response to Russia's decision not to support further oil output with a wave of selling ensuing across markets and sectors.
Stocks in Europe got slammed again at the end of the week as investors rushed into the relative safety of government bonds, alongside big moves in the euro and crude oil futures.
Stocks on the Continent were walloped following news overnight that the rate of new coronavirus infections outside of China had accelerated.
Stocks on the Continent rose for a second day, helped by news of a sweep in southern US states by moderate Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the 'Super Tuesday' primaries, reviving his bid to lead the party in the presidential elections in November.
Stocks finished in the black on Tuesday but well of their best levels of the session despite a powerful rally on Wall Street the day before and after a rare inter-meeting interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve.
Stocks on the Continent finished a roller-coaster day of trading on a mixed note with shares buffeted by news of the continued spread of the coronavirus offset by signals from economic officials around the world that they stand ready to act.