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While a Brexit extension cut the Pound’s losses for the week, risk aversion and a yield curve inversion drove demand for the Greenback and the Yen.
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Preliminary PMI figures for the eurozone missed analysts expectations, hitting markets in Europe, and driving German bund yields to below 0 for the first time in two years.
The FTSE 100 shed almost 150 points as it sank 2 percent and the more domestically-exposed FTSE 250 slipped 1.8 percent or almost 350 points. Both indexes suffered their worst day since December. Sterling rallied after the euro weakened and as European Union leaders gave Prime Minister Theresa May two more weeks, until April 12, to decide how to leave the European Union.
London markets sank along with their European peers as the latest eurozone purchasing managers index (PMI) figures signaled a broad-based slowdown on the continent. Sterling strength, notably against the euro, also drove down equities, given many U.
Stocks slide after European manufacturing PMI falls to lowest level since 2013, while a new orders index hits a 2012 trough, as trade disputes hammer exports in the world's biggest economic bloc. US Treasury Department sanctions on two Chinese shipping firms accused of helping North Korea evade restrictions on its nuclear weapons program rattle nerves ahead of next week's trade talks. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May given two-week reprieve to win support for her twice defeated Brexit deal, raising the stakes of Britain's exit even higher heading into April.
Global stocks edge higher following last night's tech-lead rally on Wall Street, although gains were capped by concerns for the strength of the world economy. US Treasury Department sanctions on two Chinese shipping firms accused of helping North Korea evade restrictions on its nuclear weapons program rattle nerves ahead of next week's trade talks. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May given two-week reprieve to win support for her twice defeated Brexit deal, raising the stakes of Britain's exit even higher heading into April.
IHS Markit's flash euro zone composite PMI fell to 51.3 in March from 51.9 the previous month — analysts were expecting a reading of 52. The disappointing economic data added to market jitters over the Federal Reserve's subdued outlook. Brexit was another area of focus, as the EU agreed to an extension to the date of the U.K.'s withdrawal from the bloc.
The FTSE 100 bounced 0.9 percent, comfortably outperforming its European peers, as the pound dipped amid growing concern that a no-deal Brexit would become a reality. Many large UK-listed firms earn the bulk of their income abroad in foreign currencies and their shares benefit from a falling pound. The midcap FTSE 250, more domestically focussed, was 0.2 percent lower.
European stock markets slipped for a second day on Thursday, weighed down by financial stocks and a sharp drop in French-Italian glasses company EssilorLuxottica . Frankfurt, Madrid, Dublin and Paris all racked up losses, but in London, a surge in energy shares and a weaker pound drove the FTSE 100 up 0.9 percent to a more than five-month high. The pan-European STOXX 600 index ended just 0.04 percent lower, with banks weaker after Wednesday's shift in U.S. central bank policy and a warning from Switzerland's UBS about investment banking revenues.
Britain's FTSE 100 jumped to its highest level in five-and-a-half months as its multinational stocks got a boost from weaker sterling, while results-driven slumps in engineering firm Renishaw and trading platform IG dented the midcap index. The FTSE 100 bounced 0.9 percent, comfortably outperforming its European peers, as the pound dipped amid growing concern that a no-deal Brexit would become a reality.
London markets gained as investors digested a positive U.K. retail sales surprise and a third vote on the Brexit transition agreement began to look more likely, news that roiled the pound. How did markets perform? The FTSE 100 (UK:UKX)(UK:UKX) rose 0.
Growth outlook, Brexit Chaos, and Trade fears weigh on global indices with no end to the turmoil in sight.
The data cover insurance companies, pension funds and other investment trusts that between them oversee about 4 trillion pounds ($5 trillion) of assets. The ONS says this is the first time it has recorded four consecutive quarters of net disinvestment. Between them, insurance companies and pension funds offloaded 60 billion pounds of overseas shares in 2018, the most since the ONS began collecting the data in 1963.
The Bank of England left its main lending rate unchanged at 0.75% on Thursday, in line with expectations. The central bank said new economic data has been mixed and the U.K.'s economic outlook will depend significantly on the nature and timing of Brexit. "Shifting expectations about the potential nature and timing of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union have continued to generate volatility in UK asset prices, particularly the sterling exchange rate," said the BOE statement. "Brexit uncertainties also continue to weigh on confidence and short-term economic activity, notably business investment." The market reaction to the policy update was muted, with the British pound holding its losses in response. Sterling last bought $1.3115, down 0.6%. In other assets, the 10-year gilt also reacted little, last yielding 1.08%, while U.K. stock benchmark FTSE 100 held on to its modest gain, last up 0.4%
Equity market gains, however, were capped by comments from President Donald Trump, who said tariffs on China-made goods could remain in place "for a substantial period of time". Global stocks traded higher Thursday, as asset prices around the world rallied following the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to remove any prospect of a rate hike this year while warning of slowing economic growth, although gains were capped by comments on China tariffs from President Donald Trump.
Britain's FTSE 100 rose on Thursday, buoyed by oil stocks and miners, as investors cheered the U.S. Federal Reserve halting policy tightening, while results-driven slumps in engineering firm Renishaw and trading platform IG dented the midcap index. The FTSE 100 added 0.4 percent to outperform its European peers.
*FTSE 100 up 0.5 pct. *FTSE 250 down 0.3 pct. The mid-cap FTSE 250 was down 0.4 percent by 0822 GMT, ahead of a Bank of England policy decision.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 was down around 0.1 percent during mid-morning deals, with most sectors and major bourses in negative territory. The Bank of England (BOE) is due to announce its latest interest rate decision at midday. British Prime Minister Theresa May told the public on Wednesday that she is "on their side" amid Brexit negotiations, laying the blame for the country's delayed exit squarely with Parliament.
Possible that the UK ends up with a longer extension to Brexit, says Bob Parker, investment committee member at Quilvest Wealth Management.