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MarketScreener Homepage  >  Indexes  >  Switzerland  >  Stoxx Europe 600    SXXP   EU0009658202

STOXX EUROPE 600

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Travel stocks slump in Europe as virus cases surge, banks drag

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09/18/2020 | 12:23pm EDT
The German share price index DAX graph at the stock exchange in Frankfurt

European equity markets closed lower on Friday, with travel, banking and auto shares leading declines as a resurgence in coronavirus cases across the continent rekindled fears about the pandemic's impact on a nascent economic recovery.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 0.7%, with the banking-heavy Spanish index down 2.2% and the French and Italian bourses more than 1% lower.

London's FTSE 100 slipped 0.7%, with British-Airways owner ICAG, easyJet and cruise operator Carnival down between 8% and 15% as talk of a second lockdown in the United Kingdom did the rounds after new COVID-19 cases almost doubled to 6,000 per day.

Travel and leisure was the worst-performing sector, down 3.5%.

Other European nations from Denmark to Greece announced new restrictions to curb surging coronavirus infections in some of their largest cities.

"If the uptick in cases becomes strong enough that lockdowns have to be tightened to a point that it derails the economic recovery, then it becomes a risk factor," said Mobeen Tahir, associate director of research at fund house Wisdom Tree.

The banking index <.SX7P> fell 2.6%, hitting its lowest level since May 26 and on course for record-lows as major central banks pledged to keep interest rates lower for a long time, with the Bank of England looking at taking borrowing costs to sub-zero levels, if needed.

Sparking hopes of consolidation among lenders battling the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, Caixabank agreed to buy state-owned Bankia for 4.3 billion euros ($5.10 billion) to create Spain's biggest domestic bank.

Bankia fell 4.8% and Caixabank was down 2.2% after rallying in the run up to the announcement.

Swedbank, SEB, Handelsbanken and Nordea were down between 1.8% and 5.3% on fears that the Swedish banks will bear the brunt of a recently proposed government "risk tax".

Separately, Sweden's financial watchdog said it was investigating Swedbank for potential market abuse.

The STOXX 600 still eked out 0.2% weekly gain as some major retail companies showed resilience in earnings earlier this week and a string of takeovers enlivened global M&A activity.

The London Stock Exchange Group entered exclusive talks to sell Borsa Italiana to France's Euronext, driving its shares up 4.3%.

Swedish telecoms gear maker Ericsson was up 1.3% after it agreed to buy U.S.-based wireless networking company Cradlepoint in a $1.1 billion deal.

(Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Anil D'Silva and Kirsten Donovan)

By Sruthi Shankar


Stocks mentioned in the article
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BANKIA, S.A. 0.57% 1.1495 Delayed Quote.-39.84%
CAIXABANK, S.A. -0.32% 1.6945 Delayed Quote.-39.19%
CARNIVAL CORPORATION & PLC 3.25% 14.61 Delayed Quote.-71.26%
CARNIVAL PLC 0.89% 978.6 Delayed Quote.-73.38%
EASYJET PLC 0.61% 524.5307 Delayed Quote.-63.40%
ERICSSON AB 7.45% 105.95 Delayed Quote.20.84%
EURONEXT N.V. 0.15% 97.25 Real-time Quote.33.65%
INTERNATIONAL CONSOLIDATED AIRLINES GROUP, S.A. 0.71% 107.6046 Delayed Quote.-74.21%
LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE PLC -1.71% 8608 Delayed Quote.13.01%
NORDEA BANK ABP. -0.29% 69.36 Delayed Quote.-8.01%
SKANDINAVISKA ENSKILDA BANKEN AB -0.54% 84.96 Delayed Quote.-3.00%
STOXX EUROPE 600 -0.74% 362.79 Delayed Quote.-11.79%
STOXX EUROPE 600 NR -0.74% 797.86 Delayed Quote.-10.22%
SVENSKA HANDELSBANKEN AB -0.25% 78.58 Delayed Quote.-21.90%
SWEDBANK AB 0.95% 149.36 Delayed Quote.6.13%
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