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Market Report - Europe Close
28 May
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Europe close: Stocks brush-off inflation readings helped by reports on US stimulus

European shares pushed further into record territory on Friday with investors apparently brushing off data in the US showing quickening inflation.

27 May
Europe close: Stocks mostly higher, boosted by US economic data

European shares finished mostly higher on Thursday, buoyed by better-than-expected data out of the US.

26 May
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Europe close: Stocks little changed despite 'dovish' remarks from ECB and Fed

European shares finished on a mixed note on Wednesday as US and eurozone central bankers maintained dovish positions on interest rates and British retailer Marks & Spencer pleased despite posting a hefty annual loss.

25 May
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Europe close: Stocks buoyed by strong IFO reading

European shares were little changed on Tuesday even as investors cheered a strong reading on the closely-followed gauge of business confidence in Germany.

24 May
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Europe close: Stocks edge higher on low trading volumes

European stocks renewed their push higher at the start of the week helped by gains for technology stocks, albeit on the back of holiday-depleted trading volumes.

21 May
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Europe close: Stocks end week on an up note

European shares were mostly higher at the end of the week and near record highs despite continuing worries about inflation.

20 May
Europe close: Stocks rebound across the Continent

European equities rebounded sharply from a sell-off during the previous session sparked by inflation fears.

19 May
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Europe close: Stocks fall from record amid Bitcoin rout (and rally)

European stocks slid from record highs on Wednesday after the People's Bank of China and the European Central Bank took aim at cryptocurrencies, adding to an already modestly risk averse mood.

18 May
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Europe close: Stocks end on mixed note, but off session lows

European stocks finished on a mixed note on Tuesday, but off their worst levels, as investors cheered the ongoing relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions and positive earnings updates from across the Pond.

17 May
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Europe close: Stocks end mixed as Indian Covid worries drag on Travel names

European shares were mostly lower on Monday, albeit only slightly, as the UK lifted more Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, despite worries about the India variant of the virus.

14 May
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Europe close: Stocks end week on an up note despite soft US economic data

European shares ran up on Friday, tracking gains on Wall Street despite slightly weaker-than-expected readings on economic activity in the US.

13 May
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Europe close: Stocks find a small bid after heavy selling

European shares found their footing more or less on Thursday, helped by relatively benign economic data out in the States but only after a couple of sessions of heavy selling.

12 May
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Europe close: Stocks hold onto small gains despite US CPI data

Positive corporate earnings helped keep a bid in European stocks even as investors' worries over rising inflation in the US materialised in the form of a much higher than expected inflation print for April.

11 May
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Europe close: Stocks down amid inflation worries, Travel and Leisure hardest hit

European shares fell back on Tuesday, tracking continued selling on Wall Street amid concern over rising US inflation and what some analysts said was fairly indiscriminate selling.

10 May
Europe close: Indices mostly flat even as miners extend run higher

European stocks were mostly higher on Monday, with British stocks the main exception as the pound moved above $1. 41 for the first time since February.

07 May
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Europe close: Stocks at record highs despite weak US jobs data

European shares continued pushing higher on Friday, boosted by strong US markets, an upbeat outlook from sportswear maker Adidas and reports that UK aerospace engineer Meggitt could be a takeover target.

06 May
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Europe close: Stocks carve out small gains buoyed by results and data

European markets finished mostly higher as investors cheered strong earnings from Societe Generale and others.

05 May
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Europe close: Stocks bounce back after interest rate jitters, miners lead

European stocks rallied on Wednesday with a commodity price boost for miners and positive Eurozone data providing impetus for investors.

04 May
Europe close: Stocks knocked lower as Yellen argues for 'very modest' rate hikes

European stocks finished sharply lower as the head of the US Treasury said some interest rate hikes may be necessary as government spending ramps up.