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European stocks rise with hopes of recovery as Spanish banks rise after deal with BBVA



A woman uses a smartphone in front of an ATM of the Spanish bank Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) in Madrid on September 4, 2020.

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European stocks rose on Monday, aided by data showing that Asia’s economic recovery is accelerating, even as the United States and Europe struggle to cope with COVID-19. Spanish banks jumped after BBVA signed a contract to sell the US division.

A 5% increase last week after early data from US drugmaker Pfizer PFE,
+ 2.85%
and BNTX of the German partner BioNTech,
+ 4.30%
the coronavirus vaccine has been shown to be 90% effective, Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP,
+ 0.73%
adds 0.7%. The main resource sector SXPP,
+ 1.84%,,
which is particularly sensitive to Asian economic growth, led to profits.

Spanish IBEX 35 IBEX,
+ 1.93%
increased by 1.8%. The French CAC 40 PX1,
+ 1.26%
increased by 1.2% and the German DAX DAX,
+ 0.60%
and UK FTSE 100 UKX,
+ 0.68%
also won.

Futures on Dow Jones Industrial Average YM00,
+ 0.90%
increased by 259 points.

The recovery in the world’s number two economy appears to be accelerating, with industrial production in China jumping 6.9% in the 12 months to October and retail sales rising 4.3%. Japan’s gross domestic product for the third quarter grew 5% stronger than forecast for the third quarter. China and Japan were also among the signatories of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a free trade pact covering 15 key Asian countries besides India.

According to the COVID-19 project, US hospitalizations for COVID-19 reached a record high on Sunday as various regional restrictions began to begin. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, who previously suffered from COVID-19, is now independent – he is isolated after a meeting with a member of parliament who has contracted the virus, although he has not been reported to show symptoms. The news that the Biden administration did not approve a national lock turned out to be supportive of the actions.

It is also a critical week for negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union on a trade deal, as the current terms expire at the end of the year.

BBVA BBVA,
+ 15.97%

BBVA,
+ 4.76%
jumped 15% after agreeing to sell its US operations to PNC Financial Services PNC,
+ 1.47%
for $ 11.6 billion. The news was sent by Banco Sabadell SAB,
+ 14.74%
by 13% as it helped rekindle previous speculation that BBVA could buy it. Banco Santander SAN,
+ 2.77%

SAN,
+ 4.70%
increased by 5%.

Vodafone Group VOD,
+ 2.99%

VOD,
+ 4.06%
increased by 3% as the mobile phone operator reported a 1.9% decline in its half-year adjusted earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization, with a 2.3% decline in revenue. Vodafone kept its dividend and repeated its free cash flow and guidelines for Ebitda.

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield URW,
+ 12.10%
shares jumped 14% after replacing its chairman with a director who was critical of the company’s commercial real estate strategic plans. Last week, shareholders rejected a fundraising plan.


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