European shares rally after Fed rate hike, Casino slumps

jueves 17 de diciembre de 2015 11:44 GYT

* Pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index up 1.6 pct

* Cyclicals outperform after Fed's 1st rate hike in 9 years

* Casino slumps after Muddy Waters note (Adds details, updates shares)

By Atul Prakash and Danilo Masoni

LONDON/MILAN, Dec 17 (Reuters) - European shares surged on Thursday as investors took the U.S. Federal Reserve's interest rate rise and the prospect of further tightening as a sign of confidence in the world's biggest economy.

The Fed made clear late on Wednesday that the 25-basis point rate hike was a tentative beginning to a "gradual" tightening cycle.

"With the confirmation of the Fed rate rise due to a strong U.S. economy, investors took cheer as the decision formalises opinion that the U.S. economy is broadly expanding," said Lorne Baring, managing director of B Capital Wealth Management.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 1.6 percent by 1530 GMT after climbing to a one-week high, while Germany's DAX, France's CAC and Britain's FTSE 100 rose between 3 to 1 percent.

"With the Fed out of the way and only a couple of trading sessions left before Christmas, we could now see a traditional end-year rally," Philippe Gijsels, head of research at BNP Paribas Fortis Global Markets in Brussels, said.   Continuación...