DAX index soars to pre-crisis heights

DAX index soars to pre-crisis heights
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Germany's DAX index of blue-chip stocks hit 6,405.30 points early on Wednesday, a level last seen two years ago before the collapse of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers.

The last time the DAX breached 6,400 points was on September 4, 2008, which was 11 days before the Lehman bankruptcy sent global financial markets into a freefall.

The DAX then slumped to below 3,800 points in March 2009 before gradually climbing back as Germany emerged from its worst recession since World War II.

Asian and other European stock markets also gained after the US Federal Reserve revealed on Tuesday that it might provide more monetary stimulus to underpin a hesitant economic recovery in the United States.

The DAX was also boosted by a positive fourth-quarter sales and margins forecast from the US technology firm Intel (INTC.O), which raised hopes that the technology sector could end 2010 on a strong note.

The index, which is made up of the 30 major firms trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, gained 1.5 percent to reach the new two-year high.

Overnight, Intel announced better-than-expected earnings results, which came after the closing bell Tuesday in New York. Intel said its net income for the third quarter leaped 59 percent to $2.95 billion (€2.1 billion) and sales rose 18 percent, both beating analyst expectations.

AFP/The Local/dw

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