Marketmind: When the Dragon Sneezes, Europe Catches a Cold
A look at the day ahead from Danilo Masoni.
The STOXX 600 index has fallen 1% so far in September, twice as much world stocks, and while Europe broadly is still in favour with investors and research analysts, the index has slipped all the way down to July lows.
Wall Street’s strength overnight could trigger a relief bounce this morning, but the China woes are far from over.
The worsening crisis at China’s No. 2 property developer Evergrande has sent its shares to decade lows, pushed Asian stock markets to their fourth day of losses. Trading in Evergrande bonds has been suspended. And virus outbreaks are clouding travel plans during next week’s Mid-Autumn Festival.
Europe Inc faces internal woes too. Soaring power prices have prompted Spain to cap energy bills and Italy said on Thursday it plans “short-term measures” to offset the price rises. Worries are other governments could resort to similar measures — at the expense of utility firms.
There’s some market support from signs U.S. inflation has peaked and the world’s biggest economy is in robust shape. Retail sales will be eyed later on for more clues on the health of the world’s largest economy.
Key developments that should provide more direction to markets on Thursday:
Japan’s hot exports growth cools as COVID-19 hits supply chains
Philip Morris seals deal to buy UK’s Vectura with 75% stake tendered; French utility Veolia launches 2.5 bln euro capital increase[nL1N2QI0D1; Vivendi paves way for Lagardere takeover
German car registrations Aug
ECB Speakers: Christine Lagarde
Norges Bank Governor Oystein Olsen speaks
Egypt central bank meeting
U.S. weekly jobless claims/Philly Fed September
U.S. Retail sales/business inventories
For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.
(Reporting by Danilo Masoni; editing by Sujata Rao)