European Shares Tumble Amid Global Inflation Concerns

European shares fell broadly on Tuesday as the market awaits crucial inflation data worldwide. The STOXX 600 index dropped 0.6%, its largest decline in a month. The travel and leisure sector led losses, while Federal Reserve officials cautioned against premature rate cuts. German wholesale prices also fell.

Reuters | Updated: 28-05-2024 21:46 IST | Created: 28-05-2024 21:46 IST
European Shares Tumble Amid Global Inflation Concerns
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European shares fell in broad-based declines on Tuesday in the lead-up to crucial inflation prints around the world this week, while cautious commentary from Federal Reserve officials further dented sentiment.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index closed 0.6% lower, its biggest single-day day drop in a month. Most local equity indexes also ended the day lower, with French stocks the worst hit, down 0.9%. Minneapolis Fed President

Neel Kashkari said in an interview with CNBC that the U.S. central bank should wait for significant progress on inflation before cutting interest rates.

Travel and leisure led losses across the major STOXX 600 indexes, falling 2.8% as London-listed shares of Flutter Entertainment shed 7.4%. Heavyweight health care stocks dipped 1%, while real estate bucked the trend to rise 0.7%.

"Markets were relatively quiet because not much was going on from an economic point of view," said Axel Rudolph, senior market analyst at IG Group. "And with this long weekend, a lot of traders didn't reposition their portfolios in any meaningful way."

The spotlight would be on May consumer prices data for the euro zone due on Friday, while individual inflation readings from Germany, Spain and France will also be released throughout the week. The European Central Bank (ECB) looks set to start easing interest rates in its upcoming meeting next week, with bets showing an over 91% probability of a rate cut, according to LSEG data.

On the other hand, traders see a 50% chance the first rate cut from the Fed could happen in September, according to the CME FedWatch Tool. Also on the radar would be the U.S. personal consumption expenditures price index, the Fed's preferred measure of inflation, on Friday for clues on whether it will be able to cut interest rates this year.

Meanwhile, a fresh European Central Bank survey showed euro zone consumers lowered their inflation expectations last month, with expectations for inflation in the next 12 months easing to 2.9% from 3.0% a month earlier, hitting their lowest level since September 2021. German wholesale prices

fell 1.8% in April compared with the same month last year. Among individual stocks, German flavour and fragrance maker Symrise added 1% after Deutsche Bank raised its rating on the stock to buy from hold.

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