European stocks were in the red on Tuesday, with trade tensions between the U.S. and China and regional politics steering investors away from equities, moves that were in step with global markets.
How are the markets performing?
The Stoxx Europe 600
fell 0.6% to 356.15, after closing up 1.2% on Monday.
The German DAX
fell 0.4% to 11,302.25, the French CAC 40
index lost 0.5% to 4,969.35 and the FTSE 100
lost 0.6% to 6,994.21. The FTSE Italy index
dipped 0.5% to 19,138.32.
fell to $1.2747 from $1.2811 late in New York on Monday, The euro
was mostly unchanged at $1.1325.
What is driving stocks?
A mixture of global political events overshadowed European stocks. U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly suggested Monday that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal could threaten a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement, which pressured the U.K. currency.
In a separate interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump said he was “unlikely” to hold off on higher tariffs for Chinese goods. The comments came ahead of a meeting between U.S. and Chinese leaders later in the week, which weighed on Asia-Pacific stocks and set up Wall Street for losses.
In Italy, lawmakers said they were sticking to previously stated 2019 budget goals, but were leaving open the possibility of cutting the country’s budget deficit target.
What stocks are active?
Oil stocks fell after Monday’s rebound. BP PLC
fell 0.5% and Royal Dutch Shell PLC
slipped 1%. Resource stocks also took a hit with miners, Rio Tinto PLC
down 2% and Glencore PLC
off 1.6%. Sandvik AB
fell over 2%.
Drug stocks were leading the decliners, with Novartis AG
down 1% and Bayer AG
off 1.2%. Bayer and Loxo Oncology Inc.
said Tuesday that they received accelerated approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a joint oncology drug.
Among banking names, BBVA SA
fell over 4% and Metro Bank PLC
fell by 2.9%.
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