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European stocks jumped on Thursday as investors remain hopeful for a large US stimulus plan under the new administration while awaiting clues from the European Central Bank for clues on the eurozone’s economic health.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.4%, leisure, travel, tech and automakers led the gains.
Dhaval Joshi, strategist at BCA Research said, "in the past few days, the market has been breathing a sigh of relief that we had a safe transfer of power from Trump to Biden."
As the market awaits outcome of the ECB meeting, Eurozone stocks gained 0.3%. It is expected that monetary policy will be kept easy and unchanged.
Asian stocks advanced on Thursday as investors remain hopeful the incoming Biden administration will inject a massive stimulus package to aid the economy.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan touched record highs and was last up 0.92%.
Chinese blue-chips added 1.75%, Australian shares climbed 0.79% and Seoul's Kospi rose 1.54%.
Japan's Nikkei was up 0.82%, less than 1% off three-decade highs reached last week.
Following Joe Biden’s inauguration, Asian markets are showing relief over a smooth transition of power and expectations that the huge US stimulus will aid global assets.
Kay Van-Peterson, global macro strategist at Saxo Capital Markets said "that means that this market should be way, way, way higher as a whole and we're going to get there. We're entering this regime of even more accelerated asset class inflation."
In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 firmed 0.2 percent to 14,535.65 and Paris won 0.5 percent to 6,077.57.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index slipped 0.1% by 08:08 GMT. In Asia, gains were led by benchmarks in Singapore and Indonesia which both rose around 1%, while Hong Kong rose 0.1% and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was up 0.23%.
An upbeat mood due to hope for more stimulus in the US economy in the Asian markets, positively affected the European markets.
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