US bank stocks are soaring on French election relief
Global banking stocks rallied after it was announced Sunday that centrist Emmanuel Macron will advance in the French election to take on Marine Le Pen, a far-right candidate. Investors rushed into bank stocks, fleeing safe havens like government bonds and gold as interest rates moved higher.
This was the scenario nervous traders going into the weekend wanted most, and it removed a heavy uncertainty overhanging global markets and the euro since the start of the year.
Shares of Deutsche Bank rose by more than 10 percent after market open in the U.S. on Monday, as investors took the results from the first round of the French presidential election to mean it will be business as usual for banks in the European zone.
Deutsche Bank stock was last trading up more than 11 percent, around $18.31 per share.
The euro rose sharply against the dollar on Sunday, hitting a five-and-a-half month high, and it continued climbing Monday morning, as currency markets globally were comforted by the results of France’s vote.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury jumped to 2.31 percent from 2.25 percent Friday before the French election results.
U.S. bank shares may get more help later in the week, as President Donald Trump is scheduled Wednesday to release more information on his plan for tax reform.
Financial stocks have largely led the post-election market rally because the sector is expected to benefit the most from Trump’s pro-growth policies of tax reform and deregulation.
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— CNBC’s Gina Francolla contributed to this report.