European shares dip as trade fears, sanctions on Russia weigh
Reuters: European shares dipped on Thursday as corporate earnings triggered sharp price swings and failed to dispel worries over China-U.S. trade tensions and new sanctions against Russia.
At 0914 GMT, the pan-European STOXX 600 index was down 0.2 percent, with heavy losses notably on London’s FTSE .FTSE, which slipped 0.6 percent.
Weighing on the British blue-chip index was holiday firm TUI (TUIT.L), the shares of which fell close to 10 percent after it blamed a summer heatwave for keeping Europeans at home instead of traveling.
“There’s a chance the FTSE’s losses would have been even greater on Thursday if the pound didn’t get off to another awful start”, said Spreadex’s Connor Campbell.
The market analyst added: “the fears of a ‘no deal’ Brexit have really gathered steam in the last few sessions”.
A weak pound typically gives an accounting boost to blue-chip UK companies, which sell a large proportion of their products or services in foreign currencies.
The ongoing earnings season prompted other steep moves among companies publishing quarterly results.
German sportswear firm Adidas (ADSGn.DE) posted the best performance after it reported a better-than-expected second quarter and saw its shares jump 8 percent, on track for their best day since the group raised its guidance in March.