Europe Stocks Drop in Thin Trading as Miners, Akzo Nobel Decline

Declines in miners dragged European stocks down from a three-week high, while the earnings season picked up pace.

Rio Tinto Group dropped 3.5 percent after a weaker-than-expected increase in its quarterly iron ore production. Chemical producer Akzo Nobel NV, among 18 Stoxx Europe 600 Index companies reporting results today, slid 4.3 percent after its sales missed analyst forecasts.

A rebound in the Stoxx 600 is losing steam, with the measure down 0.4 percent at the close. It fell as much as 1 percent earlier. The volume of shares changing hands was 33 percent lower than the 30-day average, with investors focused on Thursday’s European Central Bank meeting. While economists surveyed by Bloomberg forecast that officials will probably keep rates unchanged, traders will pay heed to comments by President Mario Draghi for signs on looser policy following the Brexit decision.

The Stoxx 600 has alternated between gains and losses for the past four sessions, signaling a lack of impetus. Speculation that central banks will limit the fallout of the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union had boosted shares in two of the past three weeks. Still, the region’s stocks have struggled to erase their losses following the Brexit decision, even as global equities recovered declines last week.

Source: Bloomberg

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Europe Stocks Little Changed, Heading for Best Week in a Month

European stocks were little changed, set to post their biggest weekly gains in more than a month, on optimism that the global economy can withstand higher U.S. borrowing costs.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index slipped 0.2 percent at 8:13 a.m. in London, taking its advance to 3.1 percent for the week. Commodity producers rose for a fourth day, their longest winning run in more than a month, while Roche Holding AG led gains among health-care companies after its Genentech unit reported positive drug results.

European shares have resumed a rally that stalled after a 16 percent rebound from a February low. The region’s benchmark gauge is up for a third week, the longest streak since March. After hawkish comments from Federal Reserve officials, traders increased the chances of an interest-rate increase in June to 28 percent and to more than 50 percent for July. Fed Chair Janet Yellen is due to speak on Friday after the close of European markets.

Source: Bloomberg

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