European shares get lift from BOJ's negative rate move, banks rally

viernes 29 de enero de 2016 05:23 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 index rises 1.1 pct

* Banking, energy stocks among top gainers

* Banco Sabadell rises after strong results

By Atul Prakash

LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - European equities bounced back on Friday, tracking a rally in Asia after the Bank of Japan stunned the markets by voting narrowly to introduce negative interest rates in a bid to revive inflation.

Japan's central bank said it would charge 0.1 percent for excess reserves parked with the institution, an aggressive deflation-fighting policy pioneered by the European Central Bank.

"It has become clear that stock markets cannot stand on their own feet. As long as the economy is shaky and the world is burdened with high debt, central banks and their money printing machines are a necessary evil to keep up the markets," Koen De Leus, senior economist at KBC in Brussels, said.

Deflation discourages consumers from buying because they begin to expect prices to fall even further. Japan has been wrestling with the problem since the 1990s, and its central bank is concerned about the time it is taking to reverse expectations of price falls.

"The signal that the Bank of Japan gives reminds us that central banks will continue to play their role of fighting deflation," said Philippe Gijsels, head of research at BNP Paribas Fortis Global Markets. "These actions typically drive up risky assets."   Continuación...