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Market Report - Europe Close
27 Mar
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Europe close: Stocks skid as EU leaders squabble

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.

26 Mar
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Europe close: Stocks add to gains as ECB, Fed broaden commitment

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".

25 Mar
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Europe close: Stocks extend gains as Italy virus infections slow, Germany approves stimulus

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.

24 Mar
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Europe close: Stocks jump on stimulus, tide turning against Covid-19 in Italy

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.

23 Mar
Europe close: Stocks slip despite fresh stimulus on both sides of the Atlantic

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.

21 Mar
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Europe close: Stocks finish higher going into the weekend

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.

19 Mar
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Europe close: Stocks finishing higher as central banks move to calm selloff

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.

18 Mar
Europe close: Stocks reel amid drag from oil and gas sector

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.

17 Mar
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Europe close: Stocks end modestly higher

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.

16 Mar
Europe close: Stocks extend losses as countries ramp up containment efforts

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.

13 Mar
Europe close: Stocks limp higher after bruising week

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.

12 Mar
Europe close: Stock markets suffer worst daily loss on record

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.

11 Mar
Europe close: Early bounce again gives way to selling

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.

10 Mar
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Europe close: Early bounce dissipates amid new containment measures in Spain and Italy

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.

09 Mar
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Europe close: Stocks endure heavy selling as crude oil prices crash

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.

06 Mar
Europe close: Stocks careen lower alongside crash in Brent

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.

05 Mar
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Europe close: Coronavirus fears slam stocks

Stocks on the Continent were walloped following news overnight that the rate of new coronavirus infections outside of China had accelerated.

04 Mar
Europe close¨: Healthcare issues and Basic Resource stocks pace gains

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.

03 Mar
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Europe close: Transatlantic M&A props up stocks

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.

02 Mar
Europe close: Stocks end on mixed note

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.