- The muted open for European stocks comes after gains on Wednesday on the back of strong U.S. economic data that tamed investor fears of a looming recession.
- Investors are awaiting the Bank of England’s next monetary policy decision. The central bank is broadly expected to hike interest rates by 50 basis points, its largest single increase since 1995.
LONDON — European stocks were mixed on Thursday, with caution returning after gains made in the previous session.
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The pan-European Stoxx 600 was little changed in early trade. Retail stocks were the standout performers, gaining 1.6%, while basic resources fell 1.1%.
The muted open for European stocks comes after gains on Wednesday on the back of strong U.S. economic data that tamed investor fears of a looming recession. The ISM non-manufacturing purchasing managers index showed a surprise rebound in July also prompting U.S. stocks to climb.
There was a mildly negative start for the U.K.’s
on Thursday with the market jittery ahead of the Bank of England’s next monetary policy decision. The central bank is broadly expected to hike interest rates by 50 basis points, its largest single increase since 1995. Such a move would take borrowing costs to 1.75% as the central bank battles soaring inflation and would be the first half-point hike since it was made independent from the British government in 1997. The anticipated hike comes as U.K. inflation hit a new 40-year high of 9.4% in June.
Elsewhere overnight, Asia-Pacific shares traded higher on Thursday following the rally on Wall Street and as investors moved on from the tensions over U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taiwan.
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Meanwhile, U.S. stock futures inched downward Thursday morning despite the major averages snapping a two-day slide in the previous regular trading session.
Earnings before the bell came from Credit Agricole, Adidas, Bayer, Lufthansa, Merck, Zalando, Rolls-Royce, Next, Glencore and Adecco Group on Thursday.
Source : CNBC