European shares drop as BASF and semiconductor stocks fall

Reuters | | Updated on: Dec 06, 2021

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European stock markets fell on Tuesday, moving further away from last week’s two-month high after a drop in the shares of BASF and Novartis weighed on markets.

Semiconductor stocks also suffered after Austria Microsystems had warned late on Monday of weak fourth-quarter results. Austria Microsystems’ shares slid 9 per cent, while rival Dialog dropped 8 per cent.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which had risen to a two-month high on Friday after a Chinese rate cut drove up world stock markets, declined 0.3 per cent, as did the euro zone’s blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index.

BASF shares dropped by 4.7 per cent after the chemicals group lowered its full-year earnings guidance due to weak sales in China, Brazil and other emerging markets.

Novartis fell 2.3 per cent after it reported a fall in third-quarter core net income that missed analyst forecasts.

However, telecoms group Altice rose 3.5 per cent after BCP and CPPIB said they would buy 30 per cent of Cablevision alongside Altice.

Admiral Markets’ Darren Sinden said the underlying economic backdrop remained weak, with signs of a Chinese slowdown having knocked European stocks down off their earlier 2015 peaks.

“Companies are doing as best they can, but the underlying economic picture still looks weak,’’ Sinden said.

Twenty two per cent companies in the STOXX Europe 600 index have announced results so far, of which 63 per cent have met or beaten analysts' earnings forecasts and the rest have missed, according to Thomson Reuters StarMine data.

However, StarMine also shows that only 48 per cent of companies have met or beaten revenue forecasts.

The FTSEurofirst is up around 8 per cent since the start of 2015, but down 10 per cent from its 2015 peak reached in April.

Published on October 27, 2015
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