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European shares slip with miners, banks amongst top decliners

Published 01/09/2024, 03:35 AM
Updated 01/09/2024, 01:19 PM
© Reuters. The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, January 8, 2024.     REUTERS/Staff

By Shristi Achar A and Shashwat Chauhan

(Reuters) -European equities slipped in a broad-based decline on Tuesday, as investors turned risk-off with government bond yields across Europe rising, though advancing heavyweight healthcare stocks helped limit some losses.

The pan-European STOXX 600 ended 0.2% lower, stalling after rising nearly 0.4% in the previous session as government bond yields across the continent rose on Tuesday. [GVD/EUR]

Basic resources led sectoral declines, falling 1.4%, while banks lost 0.8%, snapping a three-day winning streak.

Keeping a lid on losses, healthcare stocks extended gains to a second consecutive day, climbing 0.7%, hovering at a near 17-week high hit in the previous session.

Healthcare stocks make up more than 15% of the European benchmark index, according to LSEG data.

Stocks making the headlines on Tuesday included Grifols, which fell 25.9% after hedge fund Gotham City Research questioned its accounting. The Spanish drugmaker denied any wrongdoing.

On the data front, German industrial production unexpectedly fell in November from the previous month, marking the sixth consecutive monthly decline.

Germany's DAX 40 ended 0.2% lower, while the yield on the German 10-year government bond was last at 2.188%.

A separate reading showed the euro zone unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 6.4% in November, against expectations of 6.5%.

"We do not think a still-tight labour market will prevent wage growth from coming down sharply this year; in other words, a low unemployment rate should not deter ECB rate cuts," said Melanie Debono, senior Europe economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.

However, a string of mixed economic data across the world has pushed markets to scale back their expectations for future policy rate cuts, with expectations of a pause in the European Central Bank's upcoming meeting largely baked in. [0#ECBWATCH]

Focus this week will also be on the beginning of the earnings season in the U.S. and the inflation report due on Thursday, which could set the tone for equities globally.

Meanwhile, UBS raised its 2024 target for benchmark European STOXX 600 to 450 points, from 410 expected earlier.

Among individual stocks, Hays slumped 7.1% after the recruitment firm warned of a lower-than-expected half-year profit, citing a hiring slowdown.

Jyske Bank gained 3.8% after Barclays initiated coverage on the Danish bank with an "overweight" rating.

© Reuters. The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, January 8, 2024.     REUTERS/Staff

Italy's Pirelli advanced 4.3% after Executive Vice Chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera increased his indirect stake in the tyre maker.

BASF fell 2.7% after Bernstein downgraded Europe's biggest chemical maker's stock to "underperform" from "market-perform".

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