The so-called “stock market bloodbath” has continued on Friday with major indices falling down to the lows of the last October. What's going on?
European stocks go down as China fears overshadow firm earnings
On Wednesday, European stocks declined due to the fact indications that China has put broader stimulus on hold managed to overshadow firm gains from the likes of SAP andCredit Suisse.
As a matter of fact, the pan-regional STOXX 600 index dived by about 0.1%, although the benchmark index has pared gains for the last eight trading marathons, and also demonstrated a tendency to bounce off a weaker start.
The vast majority of key regional bourses found themselves in the red, although the slew of positive gains helped Swiss and German indexes to tack on.
Business software company SAP managed to rally to an all-time maximum and backed the DAX right after the company came up with fresh mid-term objectives, while activist investor Elliott Management revealed a 1.2 billion euro stake in the company.
The top-notch gainer was represented by Wirecard that rallied by 8% right after the payments company officially confirmed that Japan's Softbank Group Corp is going to purchase a 5.6% stake in the company.
In addition to this, STMicro neglected a downbeat prediction by bigger counterpart Texas Instruments and also reported a broadly inline update that sent its stocks up over 3%.
STMicro and SAP managed to drive the tech sector up by up to 2.5% to its highest value since July 2018.
Aside from that, healthcare shares were boosted by Novartis' gains due to the fact that the Swiss drugmaker increased its 2019 guidance following first-quarter earnings as well as sales beat.
As for Swedish truckmaker AB Volvo, it headed north having posted a better-than-anticipated first-quarter operating gain on the back of stronger pricing as well as decreasing supply chain constraints.
Car shares went down by 0.7%.
Besides coronavirus, other news has been driving the stocks of Apple, Wallmart and General Motors to the lower levels.
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