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Warnings, downgrades weigh as European shares post another weekly fall

11/17/2017 | 12:04pm EDT
The German share price index, DAX board, is seen at the stock exchange in Frankfurt

MILAN (Reuters) - Disappointing earnings updates and a series of broker downgrades weighed on European shares on Friday, with regional indexes posting their second weekly fall in a row.

Investors have been locking in profits, shrugging off continued strength in economic data as euro zone earnings growth slowed compared to the previous quarters and caution rose over whether a stock market rally could continue.

On Friday, Elior (>> Elior) slumped more than 18 percent after Europe's third-largest catering group cut its profit guidance, citing the impact of Hurricane Irma.

Shares in Fresenius SE (>> Fresenius), Greene King (>> Greene King), Just Eat (>> Just Eat), United Utilities (>> United Utilities) and H&M (>> Hennes & Mauritz) all fell more than 2 percent after ratings downgrades from brokers.

The STOXX 600 <.STOXX> was down 0.3 percent at its close, taking losses so far this week to 1.3 percent, its second negative week in a row. The pan-European benchmark index is still up more than 6 percent so far this year.

"The big question remains as to whether this is merely a pause in the context of a wider correction or whether we’ll see a resumption of the uptrend that has been in place since the beginning of 2016," said CMC Markets analyst Michael Hewson.

A speech from ECB President Mario Draghi in Frankfurt had little impact on stocks, even though traders said his tone was relatively upbeat on the economy.

Among gainers, Vivendi (>> Vivendi) rose 4.4 percent, reversing earlier weakness as investors digested an earnings update from the acquisitive French media conglomerate.

Vivendi missed analysts' third-quarter estimates but kept its 2017 growth targets for revenue and EBITA. It also ruled out a hostile takeover of Ubisoft (>> Ubisoft Entertainment) for the next six months.

UBS affirmed its buy rating, saying the confirmed guidance suggested that a sales slowdown at Vivendi's Universal Music Group unit could reverse in the fourth quarter, while it expected Vivendi's Canal+ business to help grow earnings in the short term.

Outside the STOXX, Carillion (>> Carillion) fell more than 48 percent after the UK builder said it would breach its financial covenant and warned on profits for the third time this year.

"Some investors might think this is the end but Carillion is too big to fail. Government intervention is possible but this is a nightmare for ministers at such a sensitive moment for the economy," said ETX Capital analyst Neil Wilson.

Sky (>> Sky) rose more than 4 percent. Reuters reported that Comcast (>> Comcast Corporation) and Verizon (>> Verizon Communications) had both expressed interest in acquiring a significant part of the assets of Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox's (>> Twenty-First Century Fox), including the European pay TV provider.

European Indexes YTD Performance - http://reut.rs/2A6OjSP

(Reporting by Danilo Masoni and Kit Rees; Editing by Peter Graff)

By Danilo Masoni

ę Reuters 2017
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ChangeLast1st jan.
CARILLION PLC 0.00% 14.2 Delayed Quote.0.00%
COMCAST CORPORATION -1.20% 53.105 Delayed Quote.3.21%
E.ON SE 0.86% 11.02 Delayed Quote.20.54%
ELIOR GROUP 3.00% 6.875 Real-time Quote.20.92%
FOX CORPORATION -0.94% 41.15 Delayed Quote.42.82%
FRESENIUS SE & CO. KGAA 2.51% 40.71 Delayed Quote.4.94%
HENNES & MAURITZ AB -1.04% 168.76 Delayed Quote.-0.93%
INDITEX -0.29% 30.81 Delayed Quote.18.63%
JUST EAT PLC 0.00%End-of-day quote.3.14%
JUST GROUP PLC -2.00% 91.6315 Delayed Quote.33.76%
SKY 0.00%End-of-day quote.70.70%
STOXX EUROPE 600 -0.42% 473.93 Delayed Quote.19.22%
UBISOFT ENTERTAINMENT -1.57% 44.5 Real-time Quote.-42.68%
UNITED UTILITIES GROUP PLC 0.94% 1025.5 Delayed Quote.13.24%
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP N.V. 0.20% 25.155 Real-time Quote.0.00%
VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS -0.19% 52.99 Delayed Quote.-10.50%
VIVENDI SE -0.59% 11.035 Real-time Quote.-57.92%
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