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?
Receding trade fears back European equities
On Thursday, European equities tacked on in early deals. It’s because dealmaking managed to gather pace, while worries of a trade conflict receded, although some gloomy revenue updates put pressure.
The pan-European STOXX 600 rallied 0.1%. Defensive sectors turned to be leaders in the session, while materials and crude shares weighed.
Acquisition as well as merger news provoked huge stock fluctuations.
Spanish construction company managed to rally to the top of the STOXX, adding 9.3% after the news it was conducting negotiations with Italy's company with the aim of breaking up Abertis just to dodge a bidding conflict for the highway concessions firm.
Equities of Atlantia that confirmed preliminary negotiations with ACS over Abertis tacked on 3.8%, while Abertis went down 3.9%.
At the same time Renault equities sank right to the bottom of France's CAC 40. It’s because the French authorities told that they weren’t ready to have its stake in the car maker sold.
On Wednesday, the stock had reached its highest value since December 2015 right after Reuters informed that Nissan was conducting negotiations to purchase the French government's stake.
French supermarket Casino headed south approximately 5.8% after its outcomes had been uncovered, with market participants pointing to downbeat free cash flow as well as earnings figures.
Hugo Boss equities dived 4.9% after the German fashion house set a more cautious tone on revenues because it kept up investment in its website as well as revamping stores.
Boskalis Westminster dived 10.6%, thus becoming the worst STOXX 600 performer. It took place after the construction and engineering company posted full-year revenues and told it would be a difficult thing to match 2017 outcomes.
British estate agency Countrywide lost 21% after it posted a 22.5% slump in full-year profits, provoked by mediocre performance in its key sales as well as lettings business.
Besides coronavirus, other news has been driving the stocks of Apple, Wallmart and General Motors to the lower levels.
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