Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

European markets close mixed as investors wait for fed moves


Milan, May 21 - European markets ended Tuesday
mixed as investors, who recently pushed shares to multi-year
highs, waited cautiously for news on the US Federal Reserve's
position regarding when it will start to reign in a policy
called quantitative easing which has flooded markets with
Investors were more bullish in northern Europe Tuesday than
in the southern part of the recession-stricken continent, with
London's FTSE 100 leading the gainers after closing up 0.71% at
France's CAC 40 ended trading up 0.33%, at 4,036.18,
followed by Germany's DAX, up 0.19% at 8,472.2.
Meanwhile, Italian and Spanish equities ended the day
Milan's FTSE-Mib shed 0.45%, at 17,427.47, while Madrid's
IBEX 35 lost 0.6%, closing at 8,464.5.
Milan shares were in part hit by dividend payouts on
Bank shares on the financials-heavy Milan exchange mostly
shed ground Tuesday, with Banco Popolare losing 2.9%, UBI Banca
down 2.27%, Intesa Sanpaolo down 2.26% and Unicredit shedding
Intesa was hit in particular by a downgrade in its shares
by ICBPI, which lowered its target price on the bank's shares to
1.4 euros, just under the bank's Tuesday closing price.
Other losers included energy shares Enel, down 1.22%, Eni,
down 0.87%, and Snam, down 0.92%, while Saipem gained just over
4% after it announced it had already overtaken an important
orders benchmark for 2013.
Publishing company RCS, which owns leading daily Il
Corriere della Sera, among a host of other titles, closed up
13.38% on reports it was finalizing a 600-million-euro
refinancing deal with creditor banks which would help it avoid
possible bankruptcy.
Meanwhile, Italy's bonds took a slight hit Tuesday as the
spread between the country's 10-year paper and its German
equivalent, a barometer of investor confidence in Italy's
ability to whether the euro crisis, widened to beyond 255 basis
points before ending the day at Monday's 253 basis-points level.

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