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European Stocks Pulled Down by Oil Giants as Traders Eye US Data

European stocks fell, with oil majors leading the decline, while traders looked ahead to key data on the US economy and a European Central Bank interest-rate decision.

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European Stocks Pulled Down by Oil Giants as Traders Eye US Data

European stocks fell, with oil majors leading the decline, while traders looked ahead to key data on the US economy and a European Central Bank interest-rate decision.

The Stoxx Europe 600 dropped 0.8% at 10:36 a.m. in London, with energy, mining and banking stocks the worst laggards. Among individual movers, Deutsche Telekom AG fell as Germany sold a €2.5 billion stake in the company. 

BP Plc, Shell Plc and TotalEnergies SE all slumped by more than 2.5% as oil extended losses from the lowest settlement in almost four months after OPEC ’s plan to return barrels to the market earlier than expected raised concerns about oversupply. 

The ECB is widely forecast to cut interest rates on Thursday, the first time it will have moved ahead of the Federal Reserve. These expectations boosted European stocks last month, along with a better-than-expected earnings season. Still, some economists reckon sticky inflation, rapid wage growth and surprisingly robust euro-zone output will constrain monetary loosening after this week’s cut.

Economic sentiment in Europe has been improving steadily this year, but nowhere near as fast as stock prices, creating a large gap. This could reflect mixed feelings from investors, torn between an overall cautious stance and the fear of missing out on the rally.

A typical boost from interest-rate cuts and an improving earnings outlook should drive European stocks higher into the year-end, Citigroup Inc. strategists led by Beata Manthey wrote in a note. It would be a longer-lasting tailwind for regional equities if rates settle at pre-global financial crisis levels, they said.

Florian Ielpo, head of macro research at Lombard Odier Asset Management, said the ECB’s outlook on growth and inflation could matter more for stocks from here, particularly if the central bank signals a resilient economy but stronger price pressures compared with the first quarter.

In such an event, “the outcomes of this meeting might not stir significant market movements, rendering it a relatively uneventful episode," he said.

This week is also busy on the US economic data front. Friday’s jobs report will provide fresh insight into the labor market, giving potential clues about the Fed’s monetary policy path.

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With assistance from Michael Msika.

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Published: 04 Jun 2024, 11:13 PM IST
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