Europe midday: Shares slump on rate jitters; Currys dives on results

by | Jul 6, 2023

(Sharecast News) – European shares continued to slide on Thursday as the US Federal Reserve minutes confirmed that last month’s pause in rate hikes was temporary and borrowing costs would likely rise again to counter stubborn inflation.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 index was down 1.28% in early deals with all major regional bourses lower.

“Treasury yields and the US dollar made gains after minutes from the Fed’s June meeting suggested further tightening is to come,” said Interactive Investor analyst Victoria Scholar.

“The Federal Open Market Committee minutes were largely interpreted as hawkish by the markets, even though the pace of tightening is likely to slow, and rates were left unchanged last month. The central bank said the economy faces ‘headwinds from tighter credit conditions.”

In economic news, data showed German industrial orders rose significantly more than expected in May, due to large scale orders of ships, spacecraft and military vehicles.

In equity news, Ocado shares fell after Morgan Stanley lowered its price target and estimates ahead of the UK online grocer’s first-half results. The broker said that recent share-price strength has been surprising and lowered its price target to 390p from 430p. The shares closed at 573.4p on Wednesday.

British electricals retailer Currys slumped after reporting a 38% fall in full year profit and pulling its final dividend.

Reporting by Frank Prenesti for Sharecast.com

Related articles

Europe midday: Shares slip into red on Middle East tensions

Europe midday: Shares slip into red on Middle East tensions

(Sharecast News) - European shares fell into the red on Wednesday as Middle East tensions were ratcheted up after the assassination of the Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouni in Lebanon, raising fears of retaliation by the Islamic group Hezbollah against Israel. The...

Europe open: Shares edge ahead as Middle East tensions weigh

Europe open: Shares edge ahead as Middle East tensions weigh

(Sharecast News) - European shares edged ahead in a cautious start to trade on Wednesday as Middle East tensions were ratcheted up after the assassination of the Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouni in Lebanon, raising fears of retaliation by the Islamic group...

Trending stories

Join our mailing list

Subscribe to our mailing list to receive regular updates!

x