European shares rose on Monday on gains in oil and gas companies, while investors awaited eurozone inflation data after a red-hot consumer price report last week cemented the case for an interest rate hike by the European Central Bank (ECB).
The continent-wide STOXX 600 index was up 0.7% after falling last week on worries about a potential global economic slowdown. UK energy giant BP Plc jumped 3.0% to lead gains among European oil and gas companies.
They were followed by a 0.6% rise in travel and leisure companies.
The Swiss blue-chip index SMI rose 1.0% even as data showed consumer prices rose 3.4% in June, more than what economists had expected, and topped 3% for the first time since July 2008.
The euro zone producer price data is due at 0900 GMT, while the ECB will release the minutes of their previous rate meeting on Thursday. “ECB minutes will certainly give a bit more colour into what’s going on behind the scenes.
A lot of the economic data now is coming in pretty much in-line with expectations and just kind of confirming what people were slightly worried about,“ said John Woolfitt, director of trading at Atlantic Capital Markets.
“We are cautiously optimistic, but we are also seeing the opportunity when the market has a big bounce up to short into those moves because they don’t seem to have the depth.”
Aggressive central bank moves to curtail inflation have left investors worried about the likely hit to economic growth, with the STOXX 600 down 16% so far this year.
The ECB is expected to raise interest rates by 25 basis points later this month.
A gauge of eurozone lenders fell 0.8% after a media report said the ECB is looking at ways to stop banks from earning windfall profits from a pandemic lending scheme once it starts raising interest rates.
Spirax-Sarco Engineering rose 2.6% after the valve maker entered into exclusive talks with French private-equity firm Qualium to acquire Vulcanic Group of Companies.
Grafton Group slid 7.3% after the building materials supplier said Gavin Slark would step down as chief executive officer after 11 years in the role.
AMS Osram AG dropped 7.1% after JP Morgan downgraded the Austrian sensor maker’s stock to “neutral” from “overweight,” citing concerns over high debt levels and end-market exposure.
Overall, trading volumes are expected to remain lighter-than-usual due to a US market holiday.