European stocks open higher

Published : 17 Jan 2022 08:49 PM | Updated : 17 Jan 2022 08:49 PM

European stock markets opened higher on Monday as investors look past concerns about looming US interest rate hikes and China's slowing economy.

London's FTSE 100 was up 0.4 percent at 7,574.16 points as Unilever confirmed that it was pursuing a bid for a consumer health care unit jointly owned with pharmaceutical groups GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer after an initial offer of o50 billion ($68 billion) was rejected.

Frankfurt's DAX rose 0.1 percent at 15,901.88 points while the Paris CAC 40 jumped 0.2 percent at 7,158.37 points.

Michael Hewson, analyst at CMC Markets UK, said that with US indices closed for a holiday, "the only drivers for markets this week will be the continuation of Q4 (fourth quarter) earnings season" this week.

UK economic data will also be in focus this week, along with Bank of Japan decisions, he said.

Markets have seesawed in recent days over concerns that the US Federal Reserve will launch a series of interest rate hikes this year to tame decades-high inflation.

China, meanwhile, reported Monday that its pandemic-defying economic growth slowed in the final months of 2021.