Around three o’clock the AEX index is 1.2% higher at 658.8 points. This morning a new year was set of 660.43 points, also the highest level since the end of 2000. The AMX is 0.9% ahead to 977.8 points.
“The stock market is going very well,” says wealth strategist Simon Wiersma (ING). “ASML’s figures and prospects are very well received. ASML is a heavyweight, so this pulls up the entire AEX. ”
Elsewhere in Europe, the price signs also turn green. Paris and Frankfurt gain 0.4% and 0.7% respectively, while London is in the plus by 0.1%.
The American stock markets are expected to open with a profit this afternoon. A 0.3% higher start is expected for the Dow Jones index. Tech exchange Nasdaq is about 1% higher from the starting blocks. Wall Street already showed a positive picture on Tuesday evening, with tech funds in particular being popular. After market, Netflix performed better than expected with the growth of its subscriptions. Today the inauguration of the new president Joe Biden is scheduled. The ceremonies start around 5.30 p.m. Dutch time.
On the corona front, the number of newly diagnosed corona infections in Germany has risen again for the second consecutive day. The German authorities announced on Tuesday that they would extend the hard lockdown until February 15. A curfew is temporarily introduced in the Netherlands.
Investors are also looking ahead to the ECB’s interest rate decision on Thursday. “But we do not expect any surprises,” says Wiersma of ING.
Adyen at the top, Ahold at the bottom
In the AEX does ASML good business with a profit of 3.7% after much better than expected fourth quarter results. With the continuing rise of the share price, the chip machine manufacturer is the most expensive company in the Netherlands in terms of stock market value. Sector colleague ASMI gets 2.5% extra.
Adyen is the biggest riser in the main funds. The online payment processor is heading 4.7% higher after last week’s dip.
Fine chemicals company DSM climbs 1.4% after an advice increase by analysts from investment bank Credit Suisse. Meal delivery company Just Eat Takeaway thickens 1.1%.
Prosus (+ 0.6%) benefits from strong progress at the Chinese internet giant Tencent, in which the tech investor has a major stake. With the arrival of Biden, it is expected that the tackling of Chinese tech giants in the US will be tempered.
On the other hand, food groups are less in demand. Supermarket concern Ahold Delhaize yields 1.4%. Subsidiary Albert Heijn managed to expand its market share slightly during the corona year, according to research agency Nielsen. Food giant Unilever drops 0.3%.
In the AMX Aalberts the star with a plus of 4.7%. The industrial supplier benefits from a positive analyst report from Morgan Stanley.
Aviation concern Air France KLM (-1.6%) is the biggest laggard among medium-sized funds. Fertilizer manufacturer OCI and real estate fund Eurocommercial yield 1.1%.
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