Monday 14 October 2019

Daimler profit warning weighs on European shares

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A profit warning from Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler dampened European stock markets early on Monday, as investors looked for direction to a keenly awaited G20 summit this week that brings US and Chinese leaders together after a long lull in talks.

Daimler's shares dropped 3pc after it cut its 2019 earnings outlook on Sunday and lifted provisions for issues related to its diesel vehicles by hundreds of millions of euros.

That dragged shares in several of its peers lower and Germany's auto heavy DAX index dipped 0.1pc. The pan-European STOXX 600 index was down around 0.2pc by 07:06 GMT.

A rise in oil prices helped the energy sector outperform the main index with a 0.5pc rise after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that "significant" sanctions on Iran would be announced on Monday.

President Donald Trump on Sunday said he was not seeking war after a senior Iranian military commander warned any conflict in the Gulf region could spread uncontrollably and threaten the lives of US troops.


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