LONDON -- Most of Europe's markets shrugged off the expected interest rate hike of quarter of a percentage point by the European Central Bank to end higher.
added 57 points, or 0.9%, to close at a five-month high of 6,672 and the
closed 162 points higher, or 4.1%, at 4,119.75. Traders reported a buying spree right across the technology, media and telecom sector as money managers took some of their cash and in a bid to beat the autumn rush plunged into any tech stock that looked undervalued after the recent five-month struggle.
In the telecom sector, investors threw money into
, which topped the FTSE 100 biggest percentage gainers list with an 18.3% climb of 359p to close at
23.20 ($33.64). Colt was run a close second in the list by cable operator
, which rose 23p, or 15.4%, to 171, amid persistent takeover speculation.
took fourth spot among the FTSE risers, leaping 66p, or 11.7%, to 629.
The big boys also marched higher, with
notching up a 24p rise, or 2.8%, to close at 875, while
gained 5.5p, or 2.0%, to stand at 278.25 in heavy trading.
Shares in tech superstars
also stood out. Arm was the FTSE 100's fifth biggest gainer with a 10.2% jump, to close up 85p to 920. Not to be outdone, Bookham added 275p, or 7.1%, to finish the day at 4135.
Most of Europe's Continental stock markets finished higher. Late in the German session, the
in Frankfurt was up 49.4, or 0.7%, at 7,235.0 and the Neuer Markt's tech-heavy
index was 166.5 higher, or 2.8%, at 6,114.7. The
in Paris, however, closed down 9.20, or 0.1%, at 6,625.4
German techs rallied as ISP
climbed 1.90 euros, or 6.8%, to 30.00 ($26.79), after reporting surging first-half sales.
rose 4.65 euros, or 2.6%, to 181.00,
was up 6.45 euros, or 6%, at 115.25 and software maker
was 14.86 euros higher, or 5.5%, at 286.51.
Telecoms were mixed, with
up 0.14 euros, or 0.3%, at 43.55,
ending down 0.50 euros, or 0.4%, at 128.50,
finishing down 0.03 euros, or 0.1%, at 21.60.
fell 1.82 euros, or 3.3%, to 55.83, as speculation once again surfaced the company might merge with French counterpart
, which tanked 7.90 euros, or 4.5%, to 166.90.
Elsewhere in Paris, oil company
fell 6.50 euros, or 3.7%, to 167.10, after being downgraded by Schroder Salomon Smith Barney.