Market Report - Europe Close
Stocks across the Continent bounded higher after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi said policymakers in the Eurozone were not resigned to simply accepting low inflation and the leaders of the US and China said they would meet at the G-20 leaders summit at the end of the month in Fukuoka, Japan.
Stocks started the week on a mixed note, albeit little changed overall, with investors looking out to a spate of central bank policy decisions over the next few days, including in the US, UK and Japan.
Stocks finished the week on a down note, weighed down by a spate of mixed readings on the Chinese economy for the month of May and amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf.
European stocks finished the session on the front foot thanks to a slightly more constructive tone from the White House overnight, despite reports of suspected attacks against two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Stock markets on the Continent remained mired in the red on Wednesday amid the ongoing trade stand-off between the US and China.
Stock markets across the Continent saw big gains on the back of hopes for further economic stimulus in China, which offset the ongoing strain on markets from US-China trade war.
Stock markets across the Continent finished the Monday session slightly higher, with investors breathing a sigh of relief after the US and Mexico reached a deal to avoid another trade spat, although the latest headlines around the US-China trade war were somewhat mixed.
European stocks ended in the green on Friday as a disappointing non-farm payrolls report fuelled hopes of a rate cut by the US Federal Reserve, helping to offset some weak German data.
Stock markets on Continent finished the session on a mixed note as some traders expressed disappointment at what they said was a less dovish than expected policy decision from the European Central Bank.
Stocks across the Continent finished slightly higher as the recent more dovish policy stance of central bankers in the US continued to percolate through financial markets, although analysts were cautious, not least given the uncertainty in Italy .
Stocks on the Continent are flashing green, with investor sentiment a tad firmer on the back of helpful comments from US central bankers and expectations for a dovish result to Thursday's European Central Bank policy meeting.
Stocks across the Continent reversed early losses, helped by the release of steady readings for manufacturing sector activity in the euro area and China, as shares prices on Wall Street seemed to find their footing.
Europe close: Markets finish lower as investors react to surprise tariffs
Stocks on the continent finished in the red across the board on Friday, as traders continued to react to a surprise move from the US administration to slap tariffs on Mexico.
Stocks across the Continent finished only slightly higher as traders continued to monitor the ongoing trade war between the US and China and amid reports of bickering between the coalition partners in the Italian government.
Stocks across are the Continent ended the day lower on Wednesday, tracking the losses seen overnight on Wall Street and in the wake of a surprisingly weak reading on the German jobs market.
Shares on the Continent slipped as investors reacted to reports that Brussels might be set to slap a fine on Rome over its public finances and amid ongoing hawkish rhetoric from China and the US in their ongoing trade war.
Stocks across the Continent staged a small bounce at the end of the week helped by some more optimistic sounding noises out of the White House regarding US-China trade talks.
Stocks on the Continent were pumelled on Thursday amid continued negative headlines around the US-China trade war, even as analysts and market commentary grew increasingly downbeat on the prospects for a relatively quick resolution.
Stocks finished slightly lower as investors continued to monitor the headlines around the ongoing trade war between the US and China while keeping an eye on the news flow on Brexit.
Stocks on the Continent bounced back from the the previous day's drubbing on Tuesday after the US administration decided overnight to ease its restrictions on Chinese tech giant Huawei for three months.