Expectations of more ECB easing boost European shares

lunes 25 de agosto de 2014 03:54 GYT

* Euro STOXX 50 index rises 1.1 percent

* Draghi comments raise expectations of more easing

* UK stock market closed due to public holiday

By Atul Prakash

LONDON, Aug 25 (Reuters) - European shares rose in morning trading on Monday, with market sentiment improving after comments by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi raised expectations of further policy easing.

Draghi, speaking at a global central banking conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, said late on Friday the bank was prepared to respond with all its "available" tools should inflation drop further.

"The key message is that Draghi stands ready for more action if needed. Whether they're going to do quantitative easing remains to be seen, but we're fairly confident that the financial engineers at the ECB will find other tools," Franz Wenzel, chief strategist at AXA Investment Managers, said.

The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index was up 1.1 percent at 3,135.38 points at 0739 GMT after climbing to a three-week high in early deals. Germany's DAX rose 1.2 percent, while France's CAC 40 gained 1.1 percent.

Trading volumes were likely to be thin as the UK market was closed for a public holiday. The Euro STOXX 50 index's trading volumes were just 6 percent of its 90-day daily average in the first hour.   Continuación...