Europe shares lifted by Ukraine peace deal and Swedish stimulus

jueves 12 de febrero de 2015 09:16 GYT
 

* Stocks rally as Ukraine peace deal announced

* Swedish stock market hits record high on rate cut, QE move

* Greek shares rise as investors still hope for debt deal

* Ct Suisse, Renault rise after results

By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Blaise Robinson

LONDON/PARIS, Feb 12 (Reuters) - European stocks hit multi-year highs on Thursday, boosted by a Ukraine peace agreement, Swedish economic stimulus measures and hopes for a Greek debt deal.

The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed an accord to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, participants at the talks said on Thursday.

Germany's DAX -- which includes companies that sell cars and other products to Russia -- rose 1.8 percent to approach the DAX's earlier record highs, while France's CAC rose 1.1 percent to its best level in about seven years.

Sweden's benchmark OMXS30 equity index hit a record high after Sweden's central bank moved its key interest rate into negative territory and launched bond purchases in a process known as "quantitative easing" (QE) to bolster its economy.   Continuación...