* FTSEurofirst 300 index falls 0.8 percent
* Vodafone leads telecoms stocks lower
* BG slips after warning on production
By Atul Prakash
LONDON, Jan 27 European shares slipped to a new
one-month low on Monday, extending last week's sharp declines
and tracking losses in Asia after concerns over emerging
economies and the pace of growth in China hit sentiment.
Telecom shares were the biggest decliner, with the European
sector index falling 2 percent, led by Vodafone.
The telecom company fell 5.3 percent after U.S. mobile operator
AT&T said it was not planning to take over the British
Investors braced for a volatile week as the U.S. Federal
Reserve was expected to stick to its planned programme to
further reduce its bond-buying operation, which helped equities
last year and pushed key indexes to multi-year highs.
At 0911 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top
European stocks was down 0.8 percent at 1,291.08 points after
falling as low as 1,289.08, the lowest level since late
On Friday, European stocks suffered their biggest one-day
fall in seven months, with the FTSEurofirst 300 falling 2.4
percent and Spain's IBEX dropping 3.6 percent on
concerns about economies and currencies in Latin America.
"There is clear risk-off trade going on at the moment and
it's all to do with stresses in the emerging markets. The fear
is that with tapering happening, these economies as a capital
short won't be able to fund themselves and growth will slow,"
Daniel McCormack, strategist with Macquarie, said.
"With these headwinds in place, the equity market will
generally struggle to push higher."
Emerging market currencies from Turkey to Argentina were
dumped last week, making investors nervous that the shakeout in
markets could lead to a full-blown financial crisis. Investors
expect more turbulence in emerging markets after the Fed's
likely move to further cut stimulus.
"Sudden fears about emerging markets and also potential
capital shortfalls for some European banks are rattling
investors. People have been a bit complacent lately, so it's
quite logical to get a correction," said David Thebault, head of
quantitative sales trading, at Global Equities.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
(OECD) said European banks have a combined capital shortfall of
about 84 billion euros ($115 billion).
Among sharp individual movers, shares in UK energy group BG
dropped 14 percent after warning that production this
year and next would fall short of expectations.
Germany's Merck fell 10 percent after Matthias
Zachert, the finance chief of the company resigned to return to
synthetic rubber maker Lanxess.
Today's European research round-up
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