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?
German utilities overhaul spurs EU equities
On Monday, European equities rallied in early trade, reaching their highest value for nearly two weeks, underpinned by revenues among German utilities after the sector's major players uncovered an ambitious overhaul of the industry.
Innogy tacked on 16% after parent RWE as well as counterpart E.ON told that they would break up Germany's number one energy company by market value and have its assets divided up.
The given deal would provide E.ON with greater economies of scale in retail and power distribution, while RWE would get renewables. As a result, it will make it easier for both them to cope with the country’s fast shift to cleaner energy sources. E.ON and RWE, whose stock prices collapsed for the last decade, inched up respectively 11% and 4.6%.
Equities in utilities in other countries climbed up on optimism as for ongoing M&A in the industry.
Besides this, the Stoxx utility index tacked on more than 2% to lead sectorial gainers in the European Union, thus assisting the pan-European STOXX 600 index in edging up by 0.4% by 0812 GMT. That’s its most impressive outcome since February 28.
The DAX managed to gain 0.8% in Germany, while Britain’s FTSE edged up 0.6%.
Among top notch gainers was GKN, which demonstrated decent outcomes after Melrose stepped up its hostile bid for the British car engineer, attractive to investors, right after the previous week the company made a rival deal of its own.
The automotive sector index went up 0.7%, neglecting a tweet by American President Donald Trump in which he pledged to impose duties on European cars imported into the United States if the EU dares to retaliate over steel duties.
Just Eat appeared to be the greatest loser on the Stoxx. It headed south 5.1%, reacting to Deutsche Bank’s downgrade to "sell."
Besides coronavirus, other news has been driving the stocks of Apple, Wallmart and General Motors to the lower levels.
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