Europe Stocks Advance as Miners, Oil Shares Climb on Price Gains

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  • Rio Tinto, BHP push commodity producers higher as metals rise
  • FTSE 100 climbs most among major western-European markets

European Stocks Shrug Off Losses

European stocks rebounded from their first weekly drop in a month as energy and raw-material producers advanced, while U.K. shares surged.

Rio Tinto Group and BHP Billiton Ltd. led miners to the best performance of the 19 industry groups on the Stoxx Europe 600 Index as commodities jumped. BP Plc added 2.8 percent, pushing oil stocks higher, as crude rose after Abu Dhabi forecast prices could climb as high as $60 a barrel. Air France-KLM Group slid 5.4 percent, dragging travel-and-leisure stocks to the biggest drop on the equity benchmark as Barclays Plc cut its price target on the airline.

The Stoxx 600 climbed 0.3 percent to 342.41 at the close of trading, after earlier rising as much as 0.6 percent. The U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index gained the most among major western-European markets, adding 1 percent, as miners jumped and the pound weakened after polls showed more Britons favor exiting the European Union with less than three weeks until the membership referendum.

“Oil and commodities are better again and that’s helping stocks, but it will be a very volatile week with the Brexit vote coming closer and closer,” said Michael Woischneck, who oversees about 300 million euros ($341 million) at Lampe Asset Management in Dusseldorf, Germany. “People are interpreting there won’t be a rate hike after the jobs report Friday and for me that’s very complacent because we shouldn’t forget the longer-term trend.”

European share gains stalled last week amid resurgent worries about global growth, and as disappointing U.S. jobs data cast doubt on the strength of the world’s biggest economy and on whether the Federal Reserve will raise rates at its next meeting. 

Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks in Philadelphia today and may offer guidance on how much the payrolls report will influence the timetable for tightening monetary policy. The central bank will announce its next rate decision on June 15. Traders are now pricing in a 4 percent chance of an increase this month -- down from 22 percent before the jobs data on Friday -- and a 31 percent probability in July.

Among stocks moving on corporate news today, CNH Industrial NV gained 6.3 percent after it was added to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s conviction list. Indivior PLC tumbled 11 percent after Bank of America Merrill Lynch cut its rating on the pharmaceutical company to neutral from buy.