U.S. and European stock exchanges closed higher on softening Fed rhetoric

The main US and European stock indexes closed Thursday with growth - investors reacted optimistically to the publication of the Federal Reserve's November meeting minutes on Wednesday. The document, as we reported earlier, demonstrated the regulator's intention to slow down the rate of key rate increase.

By the end of the US trading results the Dow Jones rose by 0.28%, S&P 500 - by 0.59%, NASDAQ - by 0.99%. In Europe German DAX added 0.78%, British FTSE 100 gained 0.02%, French CAC 40 gained 0.42%. At the last meeting the Federal Reserve increased the rate by 75 basis points, at the next meeting most experts and market investors expect the rate rise by 50 basis points.

Today, European players will pay attention to the German GDP data for the third quarter. The forecast promises no changes from the previous data - annual growth of 1.1% and quarterly growth of 0.3%, the same as the results of the second trimester.

Asian stock exchanges closed mostly down by 0,15% - 0,25% amid growing incidence of coronavirus in China.