Europe Stocks Little Changed as China Exports Offset FedTom Stoukas
European stocks were little changed as an increase in Chinese exports offset investor concerns the Federal Reserve will pare bond purchases this year. U.S. stock futures and Asian shares were also little changed.
Deutsche Telekom rose 4.2 percent after second-quarter sales beat forecasts. Commerzbank AG gained 8.9 percent after profit in the second quarter exceeded analysts’ estimates. Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena slid 3.3 percent after reporting a worse-than-forecast second-quarter loss.
The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell less than 0.1 percent to 302.75 at 8:30 a.m. in London. The benchmark has rallied 9.8 percent since June 24 as the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and the Bank of England pledged to continue stimulus. Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures added 0.1 percent today, while the MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbed less than 0.1 percent.
“With an apparent leaning towards a monetary tightening environment, whether intended or not, bulls are struggling to find any appetite to take markets higher,” Jonathan Sudaria, a London-based analyst at Capital Spreads, which provides trading services for retail customers, wrote in an e-mail.
The Stoxx 600 fell for a second day yesterday as the Bank of England said it won’t raise interest rates or reduce bond purchases until the U.K.’s jobless rate falls to 7 percent, sparking concern it expects the economic recovery to be slow.
China’s exports and imports rebounded in July more than estimated. Exports rose 5.1 percent from a year earlier, the General Administration of Customs said in Beijing today. That compared with the median estimate for a 2 percent increase in a Bloomberg News survey and June’s 3.1 percent drop. Imports rose 10.9 percent.
Fed Bank of Cleveland President Sandra Pianalto said yesterday there has been “meaningful improvement” in the labor market and that tapering may be warranted if it continues to strengthen. Fed policy makers are weighing data to determine whether the economy has improved enough to begin reducing its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases.
U.S. initial jobless claims rose to 335,000 last week from 326,000 in the previous period, economists predicted before a Labor Department report at 8:30 a.m. in Washington.
Deutsche Telekom added 4.2 percent to 9.43 euros. Germany’s largest telephone company said revenue climbed 5.4 percent to 15.2 billion euros ($20.3 billion), beating analyst estimates of 14.6 billion euros. Net income rose 10 percent to 530 million euros from a year earlier.
Commerzbank gained 8.9 percent to 7.21 euros. Germany’s second-largest bank reported second-quarter net income of 43 million euros, compared with 270 million euros in the second quarter of last year, beating the 4.6 million-euro average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
Adecco SA rose 3.1 percent to 62 Swiss francs after the world’s largest provider of temporary workers, reported increased profit and said it sees positive signs for business as labor markets in Europe stabilize. Second-quarter net income rose 12 percent to 126 million euros, beating the 112.1 million-euro estimate of eight analysts in a Bloomberg survey.
Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena fell 3.3 percent to 20.1 euro cents after reporting a fifth straight quarterly loss. The net loss at the world’s oldest bank fell to 279.3 million euros from 1.64 billion euros a year earlier, when Monte Paschi wrote down goodwill and intangible assets by more than 1.5 billion euros. That was more than the average estimate for a 149.7 million-euro loss among six analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
Nestle SA declined 2.1 percent to 63.35 francs after the world’s biggest food company posted the slowest first-half sales growth in four years. Sales increased 4.1 percent, excluding acquisitions, divestments and currency shifts, the Vevey, Switzerland-based company said today in a statement. The median of 14 analysts’ estimates was for 4.5 percent growth.
Adidas AG fell 1.8 percent to 84.28 euros. The sporting-goods maker cut its forecasts for 2013 because of “lackluster” sales in Europe and unfavorable currency impacts after reporting second-quarter net income rose 4.2 percent to 172 million euros. That compared with the 175.8 million-euro average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.