Amsterdam stock exchange’s blue-chip AEX index broke the 400 point barrier for the first time in five years on Friday.
The AEX, which lists the top 25 Dutch companies, was last over the 400 point mark in September 2008, just before the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
‘There was some applause and that was that,’ ABN Amro trader Serge Enneman told the Financieele Dagblad. ‘It was on the cards. The signs were positive in America.’