* Airline stocks slump after Lufthansa warning
* Lufthansa down 14 pct, Air France falls 6 pct
* DAX drops back below 10,000 points
* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.4 pct
* Traders see pullback as being short-lived
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, June 11 European equity markets fell on
Wednesday as a profit warning from German airline Lufthansa
hit travel stocks.
Lufthansa slumped by 14 percent in heavy volume after the
company said it would not reach its profit targets for the next
two years, and the fall in its share price dragged other
airlines down with it.
Air France KLM fell 6.1 percent, International
Consolidated Airlines Group dropped by 3.5 percent and
the regional STOXX Europe 600 Travel & Leisure Index
fell 1.5 percent, making it the worst-performing equity sector.
Aerospace group Airbus also slid 2.8 percent after
Dubai's Emirates airline canceled a contract with the
Lufthansa's woes also weighed on the broader German stock
market, with the benchmark DAX index falling by 0.7
percent to 9,955.14 points, retreating from a record high of
10,033.74 points reached earlier in the week.
"It's looking pretty bearish for the whole airline sector,"
said Berkeley Futures associate director Richard Griffiths.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which had
hit its highest level since early 2008 this week, fell 0.4
percent to 1,392.38 points, while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro
STOXX 50 index fell 0.6 percent to 3,295.25 points.
Griffiths expected European equity markets, which had hit
multi-year highs over the last week after the European Central
Bank (ECB) unveiled new economic stimulus measures, to edge
lower in the coming sessions.
He said the DAX could fall to 9,600 points while the Euro
STOXX 50 could retreat to 3,100, but expected any pullback to be
short-lived due to what he described as the ECB's "safety net."
Matthias Thiel, market strategist at German bank MM Warburg,
also expected European stock markets to resume their upwards
trend soon, and for the DAX to climb back above 10,000 points.
"It is a temporary setback after the recent rally, and the
market should soon go up again," he said.
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(Additional reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Tom