The French market is moderately higher in afternoon trading Wednesday, after Germany's Federal Constitutional Court allowed the ratification of the European Stability Mechanism, or ESM, with some conditions.
The Federal Constitutional Court said Germany must cap its bailout fund share at 190 billion euros. Also, both houses of the Parliament must be informed of decisions on the ESM in future.
Meanwhile, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso proposed a single supervisory mechanism for the euro area banks. The new mechanism will give ultimate supervisory responsibility related to financial stability of all banks in the euro area to the European Central Bank.
Sentiment was also influenced by the U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day meet beginning today, which is expected to throw more light on the much anticipated third round of quantitative easing.
The Euro Stoxx 50 index of eurozone bluechip stocks is climbing 0.83 percent, while the Stoxx Europe 50 index, which includes some major U.K. companies, is gaining 0.12 percent.
The CAC 40 index is currently advancing 0.69 percent.
Credit Agricole is surging 5.8 percent, after Credit Suisse raised its rating on the stock. Societe Generale is rising 1.1 percent and BNP Paribas is moderately higher.
Peugeot and Renault are gaining 4.7 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively.
Safran is losing 1.8 percent. EADS and PPR are notably lower.
Elsewhere in Europe, the German DAX is advancing 0.92 percent and the UK's FTSE 100 is rising 0.22 percent. Switzerland's SMI is adding 0.18 percent.
On the economic front, in the U.K., the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell by 15,000 in August from the prior month to 1.57 million, the Office for National Statistics said. The claimant count rate remained unchanged at 4.8 percent, slightly below the 4.9 percent forecast by economists.
Across Asia/Pacific, Australia's All Ordinaries added 0.80 percent and China's Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng climbed 1.1 percent and Japan's Nikkei 225 advanced 1.7 percent.
In the U.S., futures point to a higher open on Wall Street. In the previous session, the major averages ended the day in positive territory.
In the commodity space, crude for October delivery is adding $0.85 to $98.02 per barrel and December gold is gaining $11.6 to $1746.5 a troy ounce.
by RTT Staff Writer
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