Credit Suisse Drags European Stocks Down Even as Miners Surge

Losses in Credit Suisse Group AG and Daimler AG after earnings announcements dragged European stocks lower, even as commodity producers rallied the most since 2011.

After a day of jumps and slumps, the Stoxx Europe 600 Index closed down 0.2 percent, dropping for a fourth straight session. Credit Suisse slumped to its lowest price since 1992 after posting its biggest quarterly loss in seven years. Daimler AG fell 3.2 percent after saying growth will slow down. That contrasted with energy and commodity producers, which remained up all day. Even Royal Dutch Shell Plc, which reported a slump in profit, added 4.7 percent.

Fluctuations in the Stoxx 600 mirrored moved in oil. The gauge climbed as much as 1.1 percent and dropped 1.5 percent.

The slowdown in emerging countries is posing a major threat to recovery in the euro area, the European Commission said today, as it trimmed its 2016 growth forecast for the 19-nation region and warned inflation would be much slower than expected. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney cited similar concerns. In a speech in Frankfurt, Mario Draghi said the fact that inflation is weak globally won’t stop the European Central Bank from adding stimulus for the euro area if needed.

Among other stocks moving on earnings, ING Groep NV jumped 8.9 percent as quarterly profit beat estimates. AstraZeneca Plc lost 6.1 percent after forecasting a decline in earnings and sales for the year. Swisscom AG dropped 2.9 percent after annual net income missed projections.

Source : Bloomberg


Asian Stocks Fall Even After China Cuts Benchmark Interest Rates

Asia benchmark stock index fell even after Chinese policy makers increased efforts to spur growth in Asia largest economy. Consumer staples companies led declines.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index lost 0.1 percent to 146.15 as of 5:21 p.m. in Hong Kong. The measure increased 4.2 percent in February, its largest monthly advance since September 2013, as Greece brokered a deal with creditors to extend bailout funding and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen damped concerns of an imminent rate increase.

The People Bank of China lowered the one-year deposit rate by 25 basis points to 2.5 percent and the one-year lending rate by the same amount to 5.35 percent, effective March 1, the monetary authority said on its website. China implemented its second rate cut in three months as central banks from Singapore to the euro region ease policy amid concerns over growth and lackluster inflation.

Source : Bloomberg