European stocks lose momentum after strong week
Stoxx Europe 600 Index takes five-day advance to 1.3% while Iseq falls 0.3%
US stocks trimmed losses as deal activity boosted consumer stocks and Microsoft rose towards a record, offsetting losses spurred by concerns a stronger dollar will dampen corporate earnings. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg
European stocks lost momentum on the final day of their best week in a month amid mixed earnings reports. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index was unchanged at the close on Friday, taking its five-day advance to 1.3 per cent.
In Ireland, the Iseq Overall Index fell by 0.3 per cent to 6,035.81.
Permanent TSB closed up 1.3 per cent at €2.37 amid signals that the new methodology being applied to how the State’s €150 million annual bank levy is calculated could reduce its share of the overall bill.
But Bank of Ireland, which could have to pay a higher portion of the bill, closed down 1 per cent at 18.9 cent.
It was a quiet day of trading with muted volumes. Ryanair closed down 1.4 per cent at €12.56 while Smurfit Kappa was up 1.2 per cent at €20.65. Building materials group Kingspan fell by 2.5 per cent to €23.44 while hotel chain Dalata was down 1.7 per cent at €4.10.
Britain’s top share index steadied at the close after hitting a one-week high, with stronger miners following a rally in metals prices offsetting weaker companies such as British American Tobacco (BAT).
Deal activity also moved shares: BAT showed choppy moves, with the stock closing 2.9 per cent lower after rising sharply earlier in the day following its offer to buy out the 60 per cent it does not yet own in US cigarette maker Reynolds American in a $47 billion takeover.
The move would create the world’s biggest listed tobacco company with brands including Newport, Lucky Strike and Pall Mall. The deal would mark the return of BAT to the lucrative US market after a 12-year absence.
Reynolds American shares were up 15 per cent after setting a record high earlier in the session.
The blue chip FTSE 100 index closed 0.09 per cent lower at 7,020.47 points.
Basic resources stocks were the top sector gainers, with the UK mining index rising 1.3 per cent following a rally in metals prices. Shares in Anglo American, Rio Tinto and Antofagasta rose 1.2 to 2.8 per cent.
Daimler fell 2.1 per cent as it cut its revenue forecast.
A gauge of Stoxx 600 banks climbed for a fourth day, closing at its highest level since the UK’s secession vote. Lenders have rallied in October, led by those in Italy and Spain, on speculation the ECB may tweak its stimulus in ways that will boost profitability, a key concern in a low-rate environment.
The FTSE MIB Index and the IBEX 35 Index rose more than 3.4 per cent this week, among the best performers in western-European markets.
Miners led gains in the Stoxx 600, closing at a 14-month high following a rise in the dollar. ArcelorMittal and Anglo American added 2.8 per cent or more.
US stocks trimmed losses as deal activity boosted consumer stocks and Microsoft rose towards a record, offsetting losses spurred by concerns a stronger dollar will dampen corporate earnings.
Reynolds American rallied the most in 13 years on the BAT bid.
Time Warner jumped to the highest since 2001 on a report the media giant may agree to a takeover by AT&T as soon as this weekend.
That helped blunt losses spurred by a disappointing outlook from General Electric and the surging dollar. AT&T dropped to a seven-month low.
The S&P 500 Index retreated 0.2 per cent to 2,137.71 at 12:32 pm in New York, paring an earlier 0.5 per cent slide.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 47.87 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 18,114.48, after falling 112 points. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 0.2 per cent.
Additional reporting by Bloomberg and Reuters