European stocks jumped at the open, as data showed new coronavirus cases growing at the slowest rate in months while the head of the Federal Reserve said the U.S. central bank had plenty of ammunition to fight the economic crisis.
After dropping 3.8% last week, the Stoxx Europe 600
The 0.9% growth in global new coronavirus cases was the first sub-1% reading since Feb. 24, and the growth of deaths of 0.7% was the first sub-1% rise of the outbreak, according to data compiled by Deutsche Bank.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told CBS’s 60 Minutes program that “we’re not out of ammunition by a long shot” as he said the Fed could enlarge existing lending programs or start new ones. Powell appears before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday.
In Europe, the Austrian, Belgian, Greek, French, Italian and Spanish securities regulators have jointly decided to end their short-selling bans that had been in place since the middle of March.
Greece reopened the Acropolis in Athens as European ministers discussed whether to reopen their countries to foreign visitors for summer vacations.
Of stocks on the move, Swedish medical equipment maker Elekta
surged 14% after Australia’s GenesisCare ordered $200 million of its linear accelerators.
Aeroports de Paris shares
rose 7%. The company reported a 99% traffic drop for April.
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose over 300 points and crude-oil futures
climbed above the $30 per barrel mark.
was little changed at $1.0809.