European markets are on their fourth consecutive week of gains and pushed to new highs on Friday, lifting international stock exchange traded funds.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index hit a record high of 476.16 on Friday and gained for the tenth consecutive session, matching its best winning streak since December 2006, despite concerns over the rise of the Covid-19 Delta variant, Reuters reports.
“If investors are concerned about rising Delta variant cases globally there’s little evidence that it is prompting any undue worry, although markets in Asia have been a little more cautious,” Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK, told Reuters.
Meanwhile, shares in the Asia-Pacific region dipped in Friday’s session, with South Korea’s Kospi falling behind among major markets as conglomerate Samsung retreated following the release of the company’s heir from prison, CNBC reports.
MSCI’s aggregate gauge of global stock markets also hit a new record high overnight.
“Arguably, markets are now more focused on the state of play regarding Covid, and in particular, the spread of the Delta variant,” Xian Chan, chief investment officer for wealth management at HSBC, said in a note. “But regardless of where you look, the general view (and hope) is the broad success of vaccination programmes will allow the recovery story to continue in H2 this year.”
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