European Bank Profits Spark Rally

Better-than-expected profits from a couple of European banking giants helped push stock markets higher this morning. UBS AG, Switzerland’s largest bank, and Deutsche Bank AG, Germany’s largest bank, posted quarterly net income of 2.01 billion Swiss francs ($1.91 billion), and 1.16 billion euros ($1.51 billion), respectively.

“It appears the European banks have done slightly better than their U.S. counterparts,” said Henk Potts, who helps oversee about $235 billion at Barclays Stockbrokers Ltd. in London. Even so, the “underlying outlook remains one of caution,” he said.

Source: Bloomberg

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