Skip Header
Important information: The value of investments can go down as well as up so you may get back less than you invest. Investors should note that the views expressed may no longer be current and may have already been acted upon. This is a third-party news feed and may not reflect Fidelity’s views.

Europe open: Shares up as German factory orders rise, BP ups buybacks

(Sharecast News) - European shares rallied at the open on Tuesday as German factory orders unexpectedly rose in December, while oil giant BP surged after it announced a $1.75bn share buyback. The pan-European Stoxx 600 index was up 0.50% at 486 in early deals.

German factory orders rose 8.9% on the month on a seasonally and calendar adjusted basis following a flat reading in November and versus expectations for them to be unchanged.

On the year, meanwhile, factory orders were 2.7% higher in December following a 4.7% decline the month before.

In 2023 as a whole, incoming orders fell by 5.9% on a calendar-adjusted basis compared to the previous year, according to official data. However, other vehicle construction recorded growth - this includes, among other things, the construction of aircraft, ships and trains.

In equity news, BP rose to the top of the Stoxx 600, up 5%, after announcing plans increase shareholder returns even after a full-year profits halved on the back of weaker oil prices.

Swiss bank UBS fell despite beating fourth-quarter earnings expectations and unveiling a return of share buybacks worth up to $1bn in the second half of the year.

Reporting by Frank Prenesti for

Share this article

Related Sharecast Articles

Europe close: Markets fall as geopolitical tensions rise
(Sharecast News) - European markets were still in the red at the end of the day on Tuesday, tracking a global sell-off as investors mulled Israel's potential reaction to an Iranian missile attack over the weekend.
Broker tips: Everyman Media, Yellow Cake, Kainos
(Sharecast News) - Everyman Media is "well positioned for future success", according to Canaccord Genuity, which reiterated a 'buy' rating on the company following its 2023 results on Tuesday.
London close: FTSE 100 sinks to four-week low as risk-off trade takes hold
(Sharecast News) - London's top-tier stock market closed at its lowest levels in four weeks on Tuesday as risk-off trading took over in light of escalating tensions in the Middle East and concerns that monetary loosening in the UK and US may not happen as quickly as hoped.
US open: Stocks mixed as Treasury yields rise
(Sharecast News) - Wall Street stocks were mixed early on Tuesday after the benchmark 10-year Treasury note hit a fresh high.

Important information: This information is not a personal recommendation for any particular investment. If you are unsure about the suitability of an investment you should speak to one of Fidelity’s advisers or an authorised financial adviser of your choice. When you are thinking about investing in shares, it’s generally a good idea to consider holding them alongside other investments in a diversified portfolio of assets. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns.

Award-winning online share dealing

Search, compare and select from thousands of shares.

Expert insights into investing your money

Our team of experts explore the world of share dealing.