Stock markets in Europe began the week on a high note as news of the formation of a new government in Italy roused investors. In Helsinki, the first-quarter result posted by OP-Pohjola Group saw the share of its largest subsidiary, the Pohjola Bank, rocket by over 5 per cent to a new record of 13.34 euro. The value of the share has thereby increased by nearly 20 per cent this year and by some 60 per cent in comparison to last year. Similarly, the share of the stainless steel manufacturer Outokumpu strengthened by over 5 per cent to 0.53 euro, while Nokia climbed by roughly 1 per cent to 2.53 euro. The OMX Helsinki Index consequently crept up by 0.53 per cent to 6,135 points.