Saturday 17 August 2019 10:31 am

US and European stocks buoyed by ECB rate cut expectations

US and European stocks soared on Friday as expectations the European Central Bank will cut interest rates rose, helping the dollar to hit a two-week high against the euro.

The dollar was also aided by promising data that showed a jump in US homebuilding permits to a seven-month high.

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However, the dollar pared gains against the euro when a report from the Der Spiegel said the German government was prepared to ditch its balanced budget rule and take on new debt to counter a possible recession.

Germany’s finance ministry declined to comment on the report.

Germany and other eurozone government bond yields rose late on Friday in wake of the report.

The German 10-year bond yield rose -0.69 per cent, having earlier hit a record low of -0.73 per cent.

Meanwhile, technology shares boosted Wall Street’s advances, but US stocks in general posted a third successive week of declines, largely due to the US-China trade war and an “inversion” of 2 and 10-year bond yields sparking recession fears.

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The Dow Jones rose 307 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 25,886, while the S&P 500 gained 41 points, or 1.44 per cent to end on 2,889. The Nasdaq added 1,67 per cent and finished the session at 7,896. 

The dollar rose 0.06 per cent, with the euro down 0.15 per cent to $1.1089, and the Japanese yen lost 0.23 per cent at 106.35 per dollar.