Stocks across Asia and Europe rise on Economic growth…


Stock markets in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe saw gains on Thursday. This uptick was attributed to the United Kingdom’s economic recovery, China’s recent stimulus measures and expectations surrounding the United States Consumer Price Index.

The Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong led a positive movement in the Asian markets. The Oct. 12 rise came after reports that China’s sovereign wealth fund increased its investment in some of the country’s major banks.

In Europe, the stock market rally was bolstered by data from the United Kingdom, with reports showing economic growth in August, although some sectors still lagged.

China led bullish stock rally in Asia

China’s sovereign wealth fund announced an increase in its holdings in the country’s four largest banks on Thursday, Oct. 12. The news helped shares of all three main lenders in the country go up during Shanghai’s trading hours. Bank of China stock increased by 3.2%, the China Construction Bank saw an increase of 2.7%, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China registered a 2.5% gain, and the Agricultural Bank of China jumped 0.6%.

China’s stimulus decisions also helped Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rise by 1.9% to 18,257 points for the day, marking the sixth consecutive day of gains for the benchmark index — its longest winning streak since November 2021.

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Hong Kong Hang Seng Index daily price chart. Source:

Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index recorded another 1.8% gain on Thursday to reach 32494.66 points, marking its second consecutive day of gains

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Japan Nikkei 225 index daily price chart. Source:

European stocks three-week high led by London

The British economy rose by 0.2% in terms of gross domestic product (GDP), in August compared to the previous month, exceeding estimates of less than 0.1%. This GDP growth rate helped reverse a slide in the economy that began in July with a 0.5% contraction.

The bullish economic growth for the UK helped the European stock market to rise to a new three-week-high. The benchmark London stock index FTSE 100 rose 0.8%, while the Paris CAC 40 was up 0.6% and the pan-European Stoxx 600 traded 0.8% higher on Thursday.

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