'From extreme pessimism to wild optimism': European stocks surge as markets move past trade war fears

  • European stocks appreciate sharply as trade war fears subside.
  • Europe’s gains follow a huge session in the USA on Monday, when the Dow Jones saw the third biggest single day gain in points terms in its history.
  • Markets have moved “from extreme pessimism to wild optimism,” according to one strategist.

LONDON – Stocks across Europe are climbing sharply on Tuesday as investors’ fears of a trade-war between the US and China continue to subside.

Europe’s gains follow a huge session in the USA on Monday, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average saw the third biggest single day gain in points terms in its history. Monday’s gains came after stocks saw their worst one-week drop in more than two years, falling 5.9%.

Those gains have now spread into Europe, with all major indices on the continent strongly higher after just over an hour of trading. Here’s the scoreboard as of 9.10 a.m. BST (4.10 a.m. ET):

“Shifts from extreme pessimism to wild optimism are driving markets today,” Hussein Sayed, chief market strategist at FXTM said in an email.

“Investors should get used to President Trump talking big to make the business news headlines, only to follow up with much less radical action. Since he took office, the administration has been shaken by many high-profile departures – five of whom were fired – but the one “key advisor” he cannot fire is the U.S. stock market,” Sayed added.

Stocks initially fell last week after President Donald Trump’s announcement that theUS would impose new tariffs on imports from China.

Trump’s tariffs, which act as a tax on imports, are slated to apply to goods worth about $US50 billion annually and hit industries from aerospace to pharmaceuticals. Additionally, the crackdown will limit certain types of Chinese investment into the US.

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