European shares dip on inflation worries, weak China data
Mon Oct 18 2021
Mark Cooper (2755 articles)

European shares dip on inflation worries, weak China data

European shares opened lower on Monday, as surging commodity prices added to fears around a burgeoning energy crisis, while weak data from China kept concerns around slowing economic growth alive.

The pan-European STOXX 600 (.STOXX) fell 0.4% by 0707 GMT after an upbeat start to the U.S. and European quarterly earnings season helped the benchmark mark its strongest weekly performance since March on Friday. read more

Asian stocks came under pressure after data showed China’s economy hit its slowest pace of growth in a year in the third quarter, hurt by power shortages, supply chain bottlenecks and major wobbles in the property market. read more

China-exposed luxury stocks including LVMH (LVMH.PA) and Kering (PRTP.PA) fell about 2% each after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s call to expand a consumption tax.

Dutch health tech firm Philips (PHG.AS) fell 2.3% after lowering its outlook as a massive recall of respiratory devices and a shortage of electronic components hit third-quarter earnings. read more

European miners (.SXPP) and oil & gas (.SXEP) were among the few gainers as crude futures rose past $85 a barrel and metal prices rallied.

British online retailer The Hut Group (THG.L) rose 9.5% after saying it would remove its founder’s “golden share” and seek a premium listing after its shares plummeted last week. read more

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper is Political / Stock Market Correspondent. He has been covering Global Stock Markets for more than 6 years.