European shares flat as uncertainties over trade war, lira's recovery remain

Reuters | Updated on August 17, 2018 Published on August 17, 2018

At 0714 GMT, the pan-European STOXX 600 was up 0.02 per cent at 381.49 points with no set trend across the major trading centres.   -  REUTERS

European shares were slightly higher at the open on Friday as investors exerted caution about the Turkish lira recovery as well as China and the United States' latest efforts to avert a trade war.

While the mood was upbeat on Wall Street with gains for the main indexes, in Asia, Chinese shares markets were hardly impressed, with the Shanghai composite index falling 1.3 per cent. At 0714 GMT, the pan-European STOXX 600 was up 0.02 per cent at 381.49 points with no set trend across the major trading centres.

Among key movers was Italy's Atlantia, up about 6 per cent after losing up to 25 per cent in the previous session in the aftermath of the collapse of the a road bridge in Genoa. Atlantia is the parent company of the toll-road operator.

A.P. Moller-Maersk's decision to spin off Maersk Drilling and distribute to its shareholders a “material part” of its remaining shares in French oil major Total was welcomed by investors and shares in the Danish shipping company were up 3 per cent.

Dutch oil and chemical storage firm Vopak announced lower than expected core profit and lost more than 5 per cent. Air France KLM was down about 2 per cent with unions struggling to accept the appointment of a foreign CEO.

The tech sector was the biggest laggard, down 0.5 per cent after US Applied Materials, the world's largest supplier of equipment used to make chips, forecast current-quarter profit and revenue below Wall Street estimates.

Published on August 17, 2018

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