European stocks traded higher Thursday ahead of a European Central Bank meeting, as investors celebrated an easing in bond yields.
Up six of the last eight sessions, the Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, +0.32% edged up 0.3%.
Bond yields TMUBMUSD10Y, 1.493% globally fell after U.S. core consumer prices saw a muted rise in February, taking air out of the fears of inflation that had recently worried traders. ECB President Christine Lagarde to further explain the central bank’s worry that rising bond yields could interfere with monetary policy, at a news conference following the policy decision.
In Europe, tech stocks including microchip equipment maker ASML ASML, +2.45%, technology investor Prosus PRX, +2.58% and microchip maker Infineon Technologies IFX, +3.33% advanced.
Engine maker Rolls-Royce RR, +1.50% rose 3%. The struggling company, which reported an underlying £4 billion loss in 2020, says it expects to be free cash flow positive in the second half of the year.