(Reuters) – European stocks surged late in Wednesday’s session to wipe away early losses after U.S. officials said President Donald Trump was expected to delay auto tariffs by up to six months.
A formal announcement is expected by Saturday, they said.
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The news spurred investors to boost positions in tariff-sensitive firms, aiding a recovery among a swathe of European stocks.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.5%, buoyed by a 2% gain in shares of tariff-sensitive auto makers and their suppliers, with BMW tacking on 3.1%.
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The broad benchmark had fallen as much as 0.7% earlier in the day, while auto stocks had plumbed a 1-1/2 month trough, down 2.1%.
Atlantic Markets’ John Woolfitt said it appeared the market was relieved that Trump “can actually act in a civilized manner and isn’t on a total rampage inciting trade wars across the globe,” giving the partnership and relationship with the EU “some much needed respite”.
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“Whilst he is entangled in the ongoing dispute with China, it gives the impression he is reluctant to travel down the same road with the EU.”
Frankfurt’s auto-heavy DAX and London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.9% and 0.8%, respectively, while their...
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