- The European Central Bank kept its monetary policy unchanged on Thursday.
- Credit Suisse reported a net loss of 252 million Swiss francs ($275 million) as it digests the impact of the Archegos hedge fund scandal.
European stocks climbed on Thursday following a global rebound in markets after days of negative sentiment.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 was up 0.5% during early afternoon trade, with tech and utilities stocks climbing 1.6% to lead gains while financial services dropped 0.7%.
European markets are following the positive momentum seen in yesterday’s session, echoing upbeat trading in Asia-Pacific overnight, although the same can’t be said for their U.S. counterparts.
U.S stock index futures were flat in premarket trading on Wednesday despite stocks snapping a two-day losing streak Tuesday, as companies tied to the economy reopening led the way higher.
The European Central Bank kept its monetary policy unchanged on Thursday, with markets now looking to ECB President Christine Lagarde’s press conference at 2:30 p.m. London time for indications of when its massive monetary stimulus program may be wound down.
Credit Suisse, meanwhile, reported a net loss of 252 million Swiss francs ($275 million) as it digests the impact of the Archegos hedge fund scandal. The Swiss lender’s shares fell 5% by afternoon deals.
Swedish bearings maker SKF slid 5.9% to the bottom of the Stoxx 600 after matching quarterly earnings forecasts.
Renault posted a 1.1% fall in first-quarter revenue as it navigates a turnaround effort and the global semiconductor shortage. Shares slid 1.8% lower.
Nestle reported its strongest quarterly sales growth in a decade, with organic sales rising 7.7% in the first quarter. The Swiss food group’s shares climbed 3.3%.
Finnish sustainable technology firm Wartsila was the biggest mover on Thursday morning, soaring more than 15% after beating estimates on first-quarter orders despite missing profit forecasts.
Economic data released Thursday will also give investors a snapshot of the ongoing economic recovery. Initial jobless claims will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET, with economists expecting a print of 603,000, according to estimates from Dow Jones.