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Monday, Jul 22, 2024

London Stock Exchange Reclaims Title as Europe's Largest Stock Market

The London Stock Exchange has regained its title as Europe's largest stock market, surpassing the Paris stock market. The LSE's total valuation reached one dollar 3.18 trillion on Monday, compared to Paris' one dollar 3.13 trillion. Analysts attribute this to UK market recovery and French political uncertainty.
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has regained its position as Europe's most valuable stock market, surpassing the Paris stock market for the first time in nearly two years.

According to Bloomberg data, the total value of companies listed on the LSE reached one dollar 3.18 trillion on Monday, edging out the one dollar 3.13 trillion valuation of Paris-listed companies.

Market analysts attribute this milestone to a combination of the French market's decline due to political uncertainty and the UK market's recovery after years of underperformance.

The LSE had previously been Europe's largest stock market until November 2022, when it was overtaken by Paris.

Analysts at the time blamed its slump on factors such as Brexit, a weak pound, and the economic fallout from former Prime Minister Liz Truss' mini-Budget.

French political instability has added to the volatility, with President Emmanuel Macron calling a snap election after Marine Le Pen’s National Rally gained ground in European elections.

Meanwhile, the UK market's positive trajectory has been supported by recent signs of interest rate clarity and attractive valuations of British stocks compared to their US counterparts.

Despite this, the LSE faces ongoing challenges from more lucrative American exchanges, which continue to attract major listings.

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