European markets head for lower open, shrugging off positive PMI data

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Holly Ellyatt

European markets are heading for a negative open on Wednesday, continuing a negative trend seen at the end of Tuesday’s trading session, despite data out of the eurozone showing an uptick in business activity in the region’s services and manufacturing sectors.

The S&P Global eurozone composite purchasing managers’ index came in at 50.2 in January, up from 49.3 in December and ahead of a consensus forecast of 49.8. The 50 mark separates expansion from contraction.

On Wednesday, investors will be looking out for the latest Ifo business climate survey data out of Germany for January to get another gauge of economic sentiment in Europe’s largest economy.

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European markets: Here are the opening calls

European markets are heading for a negative open Wednesday.

The U.K.’s FTSE 100 index is expected to open 2 points lower at 7,765, Germany’s DAX 28 points lower at 15,070, France’s CAC down 8 points at 7,040 and Italy’s FTSE MIB 65 points lower at 25,888, according to data from IG.

There are no major earnings releases today, but market participants will be keeping an eye on the latest Ifo business climate survey from Germany.

— Holly Ellyatt

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