Europe Markets: European equities close at record high as value stocks continue to thrive


European stocks rose on the first day of June to new heights, with mining, oil and bank shares advancing.

The Stoxx Europe 600

rose 0.8% to close at a fresh record high.

The U.K. FTSE 100

also rose 0.8%, after a three-day break.

The gains came with crude-oil futures

reaching the highest level in more than two years, ahead of the OPEC+ production meeting. Eurostat reported that May consumer prices rose 2% year-over-year, due to rising energy prices.

The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 2% in May, its fourth consecutive monthly rise. By style, value had the best May, with the S&P Europe 350 enhanced value index rising 5%.

Of stocks in the spotlight, Porsche Automobil Holding

rose 5%, as speculation continued that the luxury automobile maker would be separately listed. Porsche Automobil Holdings holds 53% of Volkswagen
which controls Porsche AG, the company that makes the Porsche 911 sports car.

CD Projekt

shares tumbled 9%, as the Warsaw-listed videogame maker reported a worse-than-forecast 65% drop in profit, weighed down by the troubled launch of “Cyberpunk 2077,” which currently is being blocked from the Sony PlayStation store due to bugs.

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