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The Greenback found support in a week where the Aussie and Kiwi Dollar hit red and economic data out of the Eurozone and China diverged.
Shareholders in Schroders have been urged to block the reappointment of Michael Dobson as chairman of the FTSE 100 listed fund manager, as well as the election to the board of the latest member of the controlling Schroder family, by an influential proxy adviser. Glass Lewis has recommended votes against Mr Dobson and Leonie Schroder at the group’s annual general meeting on May 2 due to her inexperience. ISS and Glass Lewis are the two biggest proxy advisers and typically hold sway with up to 25 per cent of a company’s shareholders.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose for a seventh straight session, its best winning streak since early February with Germany's DAX closing at six-month highs, while London's FTSE 100 fell, dragged by healthcare stocks. The data came on the heels of the German government lowering its forecast for 2019 economic growth on Wednesday, which was overshadowed by better-than-expected economic data out of China. "There is so much pessimism around Europe that the negative PMI data failed to find fresh sellers, triggering short-covering," said Giuseppe Sersale, fund manager at Anthilia Capital in Milan.
The FTSE 100 was down 0.2 percent and the FTSE 250 dropped 0.1 percent. "What's clear from today's PMI numbers is that there are as yet no green shoots of spring for the euro zone," Markets.com analyst Neil Wilson said. Euro zone business activity barely grew in April as demand was sluggish even though prices rose modestly, surveys showed.
While many eyes will turn to the Pinterest and Zoom initial public offerings, part of a strong run of tech IPOs recently, most of the attention will fall on the Justice Department’s release of the redacted Mueller report into U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia. The debate over whether tech stocks will fall when the economic cycle turns to contraction, and businesses and consumers pull back on spending, has heated up in recent years.
Global stocks drift lower as investors adopt a cautious stance ahead of the Easter holiday break and prep for the redacted release of the Mueller Report into Russian election meddling later in the session. North Korea's renewal of weapons testing unnerves markets in Asia, while growth and trade concerns keep European stocks in the red amid lighter-than-usual trading volumes. Attorney General William Barr will hold a press conference on the Mueller findings at 9:30 am, with a redacted version of the 400-page report expected to be delivered to lawmakers on Capitol Hill at 11:00 am Eastern time.
European stocks were down on Thursday ahead of the Easter break, as yet more indicators pointed to malaise in the region’s economy. In the U.K., the FTSE 100 (UK:UKX) lost 0.2% to 7457.02 after finishing flat the previous day, while Germany’s DAX fell by 0.3% to 12,122.03 and France dipped 0.4% to 5,542.17. Italy’s FTSE MIB (IT:I945) was the biggest loser among regional indices on Thursday, swooning 0.6% to 21,873.95.
According to the average response in a Bloomberg poll, the Stoxx Europe 600 Index is likely to fall 8.9 percent from Wednesday’s close, to 355 points, by the end of 2019. The Euro Stoxx 50 Index, home of the euro-area’s biggest companies, is seen retreating 6.4 percent from current levels, to 3,255, the survey shows. The region’s equities are being torn between conflicting signals: optimism over global growth has helped boost the value of the Stoxx 600 by about $1.7 trillion from its December lows, while outflows from European equity funds continue almost non-stop.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index was down 0.2 percent by 0930 GMT after five straight days of gains. China's economy unexpectedly steadied in the first quarter, defying expectations for a further slowdown, as industrial production jumped sharply and consumer demand showed signs of improvement. "The reaction in equity markets was muted after the data release, probably because much of the positivity has already been priced in," said Hussein Sayed, chief market strategist at FXTM.
The FTSE 100 was little changed by session end, lagging its peers on Wall Street and in Europe, while mid-caps gave up 0.3 percent. Miners lost 1.2 percent after Vale SA said it expected to resume operations at its Brucutu mine within 72 hours. London-listed shares in Rio Tinto fell 2.7 percent and BHP, the world's biggest miner, gave up 2.5 percent after cutting its iron ore output target following a tropical cyclone.
London markets were marginally lower as mining giant BHP Group PLC followed rivals in cutting iron ore production guidance. How did markets perform? The U.K.’s FTSE 100 (UK:UKX) fell 0.1% to 7,459.1. It had risen 0.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index gained 0.2 percent by 0928 GMT led by Germany's DAX 0.6 percent rise while Spanish and Italian bourses were flat to modestly lower. Also encouraging investors was a ZEW survey showing the mood among German investors improved in April, as the growth outlook for Europe's largest economy brightened amid a resilient global economy and a delay to Britain's departure from the EU. Zalando jumped more than 10 percent, making it the top performer on the STOXX and pushing the retail sector 0.7 percent higher after the e-commerce company said it expected to post an operating profit for the first quarter.
The FTSE 100 added 0.4 percent after hitting its highest since Oct. 4 as a dip in pound boosted blue-chip exporter stocks. The more domestically-focused midcap index built on last week's momentum, when the European Union agreed a second delay to Brexit, and clung to its six-month high with a 0.6 percent rise. Both followed gains in Asia after data showed that new home prices in China grew slightly faster in March after a slow-down the previous month, kindling hopes that Beijing's stimulus measures were having an impact.
Wall Street's S&P 500 edged higher after Johnson & Johnson beat quarterly profit estimates and raised its sales growth forecast for the year. UnitedHealth Group Inc also beat earnings estimates and increased its adjusted earnings target, though its shares reversed course to trade lower. "UnitedHealth and Johnson & Johnson raising their forecast is a hugely good thing as heading into the year we thought we might see an earnings pause or an earnings recession," said Kim Forrest, chief investment officer at Bokeh Capital Partners in Pittsburgh.
Stock markets rose on Tuesday to new six-month highs after reassuring data about the health of China's economy and economic sentiment in Germany helped investors brush aside disappointing bank earnings. The latest leg higher in a three-month long global rally comes as a degree of calm has descended across financial markets, with European stock volatility falling to its lowest since January 2018, exacerbated by a shortened trading week for the Easter holidays. Germany's DAX extended its gains to rise 0.66 percent after the monthly ZEW survey showed the mood improved among German investors for the sixth consecutive month, while Britain's FTSE 100 also strengthened.
London markets moved up Tuesday as low U.K. unemployment figures gave stocks a boost. How did markets perform? The U.K.’s FTSE 100 (UK:UKX) rose 0.2% to 7,451.1 on Tuesday, after closing flat Monday.
TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mixed Tuesday in Asia in mostly narrow trading in the absence of any major market-driving news.
Rachel Winter, senior investment manager at Killik & Co., discusses how the economy is affecting investor sentiment.