German stocks advanced to a three- month high amid optimism the European Central Bank will win support from policy makers to ease the euro area’s debt crisis.
K+S AG (SDF) rallied 2.7 percent after reporting second-quarter profit that exceeded estimates. Siemens AG (SIE) rose 3.4 percent after a report said ThyssenKrupp AG will not merge with the company. Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) dropped 0.7 percent as a report said rivals to its T-Mobile Austria division may seek access to the telecommunications network of Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.
The DAX Index gained 1.3 percent to 6,774.06 in Frankfurt, for the fourth successive day of advance. The measure has increased percent 13 percent from its 2012 low on June 5 as euro-area leaders eased repayment terms for Spanish lenders and central banks took measures to support growth. The broader HDAX Index added 1.2 percent today.
“This time the markets think the ECB might implement the measures they have been talking about, co-ordinated action between the ECB and euro-bailout mechanisms,” said Ion-Marc Valahu, co-founder and fund manager at Clairinvest in Geneva. “We have an optimistic rally going into Thursday’s ECB meeting, which will be critical.”
ECB President Mario Draghi, who sparked a global market rally last week by pledging to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro, is trying to build consensus among governments and central bankers for a plan to ease borrowing costs in Spain and Italy before ECB policy makers convene on Aug. 2.
Draghi meets U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in Frankfurt today and will also seek the support of Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann, a critic of ECB bond purchases.
K+S, Europe’s biggest potash distributor, jumped 2.7 percent to 40.56 euros, the highest since Feb. 7, after reporting earnings before interest and taxes excluding one-time items, which the company calls Ebit I, above estimates. Second quarter operating Ebit I of 219.8 million euros beat estimates of 199.9 million euros.
Siemens, Europe’s largest engineering company, gained 3.4 percent to 69.14 euros, for the biggest contribution to the increase in the DAX Index. (DAX) ThyssenKrupp won’t merge with Siemens, Sueddeutsche Zeitung cited Gerhard Cromme, the chairman of both companies, as saying.
German media, including the WirtschaftsWoche magazine, had reported that ThyssenKrupp, Germany’s largest steelmaker, may seek a merger with Siemens in the long-term as the German steel manufacturer may not be able to survive on its own.
Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) and Commerzbank (CBK) AG, Germany’s two biggest lenders, climbed 2 percent to 24.85 euros and 2.4 percent to 1.26 euros respectively. Cross-border lending by German banks to the weaker parts of the euro area has dropped by nearly a fifth since January and stands at the lowest level since 2005, the Financial Times reported citing Morgan Stanley’s analysis of Bundesbank data.
Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA) rose 3.2 percent to 10.41 euros. Air France-KLM Group halved its second-quarter loss, beating analyst estimates, as a 2 billion-euro ($2.5 billion) savings program at Europe’s biggest airline began to bring down costs.
Deutsche Telekom, Europe’s second-largest telephone company, dropped 0.7 percent to 9.20 euros. Tele2, a unit of Tele2 AB, Sweden’s second-largest telephone company, and UPC Austria, owned by Liberty Global Inc., may seek access to Hutchison’s network as virtual operators, WirtschaftsBlatt said.
Being able to use Hutchinson’s network as virtual operators would increase the capacity of Tele2 and UPC to offer mobile services at a lower cost, and potentially increase competition for T-Mobile Austria. The newspaper cited unidentified people in the telecommunications industry.
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