(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window)
* Airlines gain on short squeeze in AAL
* EU warns it could block vaccine exports
* Spike in volatility hits equities
(Updates to market close)
By Sruthi Shankar and Joice Alves
Jan 28 (Reuters) - European stocks closed higher on Thursday as a bounce in Wall Street stocks, gains in airlines and upbeat earnings reports drove a reversal of early losses across markets.
After falling as much as 2% in morning trade, the pan-European STOXX 600 .STOXX rose 0.1% by the close, leaving the benchmark with small gains for the year.
Stocks globally saw a spike in volatility this week as a retail trading frenzy hit markets in the United States, Europe and Asia, inflating value in certain stocks that major hedge funds have bet against.
Wall Street jumped on gains in technology stocks, while American Airlines AAL.O surged more than 20% at one point after the U.S. carrier was mentioned on Reddit's WallStreetBets forum following its results. travel names like Lufthansa LHAG.DE , TUI TUIT.L and British Airways-owner IAG ICAG.L rose between 4.7% and 7.2%. Wizz Air WIZZ.L and easyJet EZJ.L rose more than 4.5% each despite posting a double-digit decline in fourth-quarter revenue. airlines are tracking a short squeeze in American Airlines brought on by r/WallStreetBets after it released Q4 earnings," said Jasper Lawler, head of research at LCG. "AA has abnormally high short interest but other airlines do too given the state the industry is in."
Investors looked past strong earnings from Apple AAPL.O and Facebook FB.O as well as the U.S. Federal Reserve's pledge to stick to loose monetary policy as worries about slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and more curbs in Europe dampened the mood.
"With valuations at levels already pricing in much of the recovery from a pandemic that is far from over, these corrections are always possible," Ian Williams (NYSE: WMB ), economics and strategy research analyst at Peel Hunt said in a note.
Germany is preparing entry restrictions for travellers from Britain, Brazil and South Africa, and its health minister expects the current shortage of coronavirus vaccines to continue well into April. the European Union warned drug companies such as AstraZeneca AZN.L that it would use all legal means or even block exports unless they agreed to deliver shots as promised. world's largest spirits maker Diageo DGE.L rose 3% after it reported a surprise rise in underlying net sales growth in the first half of the year, helped by strong U.S. demand. medical equipment maker Getinge GETIb.ST jumped 9% after reporting strong quarterly results as it saw a spike in demand in 2020 for ventilators and other advanced life support equipment due to the pandemic.
Add Chart to Comment
We encourage you to use comments to engage with users, share your perspective and ask questions of authors and each other. However, in order to maintain the high level of discourse we’ve all come to value and expect, please keep the following criteria in mind:
- Enrich the conversation
- Stay focused and on track. Only post material that’s relevant to the topic being discussed.
- Be respectful. Even negative opinions can be framed positively and diplomatically.
- Use standard writing style. Include punctuation and upper and lower cases.
- NOTE: Spam and/or promotional messages and links within a comment will be removed
- Avoid profanity, slander or personal attacks directed at an author or another user.
- Don’t Monopolize the Conversation. We appreciate passion and conviction, but we also believe strongly in giving everyone a chance to air their thoughts. Therefore, in addition to civil interaction, we expect commenters to offer their opinions succinctly and thoughtfully, but not so repeatedly that others are annoyed or offended. If we receive complaints about individuals who take over a thread or forum, we reserve the right to ban them from the site, without recourse.
- Only English comments will be allowed.
Perpetrators of spam or abuse will be deleted from the site and prohibited from future registration at Investing.com’s discretion.
Hello dearLike 0