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Monday 19 February 2018

European shares resume sell-off

Pedestrians walk past the Moody's headquarters in New York
Pedestrians walk past the Moody's headquarters in New York

European stocks fell in early trade on Monday, resuming last week's selloff as nagging concerns over China's growth pace and volatility in emerging market currencies continued to spook investors.

With the U.S. Federal Reserve expected to stick to its planned programme of stimulus reduction this week, investors fear further turbulence in emerging markets, fuelling a bout of profit taking on European stocks with big exposure to those regions.

Fed policymakers are seen agreeing on another $10bn cut to the central bank's monthly bond purchases at the Jan. 28-29 meeting.

At 0808 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.4p at 1,296.53 points, a level not seen since late December. The index is down nearly 4pc in three sessions.

"Sudden fears about emerging markets and also potential capital shortfalls for some European banks are rattling investors. People have been a bit complacent lately, so it's quite logical to get a correction," said David Thebault, head of quantitative sales trading, at Global Equities.

Shares in UK energy group BG dropped 12pc after warning that production this year and next would fall short of expectations.

Vodafone fell 5.7pc after U.S. mobile operator AT&T said it was not planning to take over the British group.


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