Every year in early autumn Apple holds its event where it presents new iPhones, Apple Watches, and iPads. This year wasn’t an exclusion. But yesterday’s presentation didn’t result in Apple stock growth, and here’s why.
European stocks retreat after firm surge
On Thursday, European equities took a breather, having reached an eight-month maximum in the previous trading marathon, with banking mergers in the spotlight, while market participants waited for more developments in US-China trade negotiations.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index decreased by 0.4%, having ascended more than 3% for the last four sessions on expectations that a US-China trade agreement could be inevitable after both countries reported progress.
Commerzbank stocks jumped by 3% as the race to buy the German lender escalated. As the Financial Times informed, Italy's UniCredit was working on a bid because Deutsche Bank's attempt experiences obstacles.
Apparently, the FT said UniCredit wouldn’t probably gatecrash current merger talks with Deutsche, although might make a move if they fail.
The news will probably rekindle hopes for further consolidation in the affected European banking sector that has underperformed the STOXX 600 in 2019. On Thursday, it found itself among leading divers.
The United Kingdom’s FTSE 100 was still pressured by a rally in the UK currency, backed by expectations for progress or a longer Brexit delay as UK Prime Minister Theresa May requires a joint approach with Jeremy Corbyn, the opposition leader to resolve a parliamentary deadlock.
Market sentiment was also affected by Germany’s data, which disclosed an unexpected decline in industrial orders in February, impacted by a sink in foreign demand.
Additionally, Saga Plc shares went down by 40% because the over-50s tourism and insurance company predicted lower annual underlying pretax gain and also reduced its dividend as it has difficulty with taking on a competitive motor as well as home insurance sector.
In addition to this, steel maker Thyssenkrupp slipped by about 1.5% as employees demanded considerable guarantees for jobs even if an expected joint venture with India's Tata Steel fails.
Richard Branson offloaded nearly 10 million shares, which equals about 4% of the Virgin Galactic stock, leaving him with an 18% stake.
Today at 00:00 GMT+3 SPCE will present the second quarter 2021 financial results. We will get to know everything about the company's financial condition and plans.
Main news that will drive the market in the upcoming week include CB Consumer Confidence Index, Canadian GDP, and US Core PCE Price Index
The Federal Reserve (Fed) will announce its Interest Rate Decision and make a statement about the future monetary policy on Wednesday, September 21, GMT+3. After the higher-than-expected inflation numbers published on September 13, there’s almost no doubt the Federal Reserve will come up with another 75-basis-point rate hike. However, surprised by the CPI numbers, several Fed members announced the possibility of a 100-basis-point rate hike on Wednesday.
Every week we expect many interesting events that can shake the market.