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European stocks close 2.8% higher following U.S. inflation reading

This is CNBC's live blog covering European markets.

European markets jumped on Thursday afternoon after October's reading of U.S. consumer prices offered hope that inflation stateside has peaked.

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The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed 2.8% higher after the CPI print was published. Tech stocks ended up 7.6%, leading gains as the majority of sectors and all major bourses closed in positive territory. Oil and gas stocks were the sole outlier by the close of play, ending down 0.4%.

The U.S. consumer price index — a broad measure of inflation — rose by 0.4% in October from a month ago. On a year-over-year basis, the CPI rose 7.7%. Economists polled by Dow Jones had projected a monthly incline of 0.6% and an annual rise of 7.9%.

Control of the U.S. House and Senate was still up in the air Wednesday, as states across the country tallied votes in neck-and-neck midterm election races.

While Republicans are expected to win control of the House, they're set to gain fewer seats than initially thought. Meanwhile, Democrats have so far gained one Senate seat.

President Joe Biden said his Democratic Party beat back expectations of a strong Republican performance on Election Day.

"It didn't happen," the president said of predictions of a "red wave" that would lead to the GOP holding a strong grip on the House and Senate.

Biden said he is "prepared to work" with Republicans if they win control of one or both chambers of Congress. He added that he expects to speak soon to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the most likely next House speaker if the GOP flips the House.

Global investors are also awaiting new inflation data out of the U.S. on Thursday, which will be an important marker for the Federal Reserve ahead of its next policy meeting in December.

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U.S. stocks soared in morning trade following the October inflation report.

Shares in Asia-Pacific closed in mixed territory earlier in the day as data revealed that China's annualized producer prices fell in October for the first time since December 2020.

— CNBC staff contributed to this markets blog.

U.S. stocks jump at the open

U.S. stocks opened higher Thursday after a lighter than expected inflation report suggested that price pressures may be cooling.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 2.3% in early deals while the S&P 500 rose 3.4%. The tech heavy Nasdaq Composite also rallied 4.8%.

— Karen Gilchrist

Fed will still need to see some labor market weakness, says HSBC

Willem Sels, global chief investment officer at HSBC Private Banking and Wealth Management, said the Fed would be particularly interested in the decline in core inflation shown in Thursday's U.S. CPI data.

Sels noted that while some components of core inflation such as transportation costs and supply chain bottlenecks had already begun to ease, others that had been more persistent — such as rents, leisure and entertainment prices fueling services inflation — were now showing signs of tailing off.

"The decline in core inflation is a good first sign, but for markets to be certain that inflation will continue to ease, we will need to see some weakening of the US labour market from the very strong levels. The Fed has said before that it is willing to hike rates to the point where unemployment starts to rise in order to slay the inflation dragon," Sels said.

"So, markets will positively receive today's news, it should help bonds and equities in the short term, while being a headwind for the US dollar. But one swallow does not make a spring, and we should not conclude from today's news that the inflation fight is over."

- Elliot Smith

Jobless claims higher than prior week, estimates

Unemployment claims increased week over week and were high than expected.

There were 225,000 seasonally adjusted jobless claims for the week ending Nov. 5. That level marks a 3.2% increase from the prior week's 218,000 and came in higher than expectations of 220,000.

Jobless claims for the week also come in higher than the four-week moving average of 218,750.

— Alex Harring

CPI rises less than expected

The U.S. consumer price index — a broad measure of inflation — rose by 0.4% in October from a month ago. On a year-over-year basis, the CPI rose 7.7%.

Economists polled by Dow Jones expected a month-over-month gain of 0.6% and a year-over-year advance of 7.9%.

Excluding volatile food and energy costs, so-called core CPI increased 0.3% for the month and 6.3% on an annual basis, compared to respective estimates of 0.5% and 6.5%.

— Jeff Cox

Stocks on the move: Knorr-Bremse up 8%, Teleperformance down 33%

Corporate earnings continue to drive individual share price movement in Europe.

Shares of Knorr-Bremse jumped more than 8% by early afternoon, after the German brakes manufacturer posted a rise in third-quarter revenue and backed its 2022 guidance.

At the bottom of the European blue chip index, French-headquartered call center firm Teleperformance saw its shares tumble more than 33% after reports that Colombia's Ministry of Labor had launched an investigation into the company relating to its treatment of TikTok content moderators.

Allegations of traumatic working conditions, low pay and union-busting by the TikTok subcontractor were first revealed by Time and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

- Elliot Smith

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