March 19, 2018 / 6:52 AM / 8 months ago

LIVE MARKETS-Morning call: Caution dominates first day of busy week

    March 19 - Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets brought to
you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Helen Reid. Reach her on Messenger to
share your thoughts on market moves:
    Good morning and welcome to Live Markets. 
    European stocks are called down this morning, following the lead of Asian markets which hit
a speed-bump in the first trading day of a busy week. Britain prepares for a critical EU summit
this week, and investors are also eyeing Jerome Powell's first press conference as Federal
Reserve Chair and the central bank's decision on Wednesday.
    Asian shares were mixed as tension built ahead of this week's Fed meeting which will likely
result in an interest rate hike.
    Spreadbetters call the DAX 17 points lower at 12,373, the CAC 40 down 17 points at 5,265,
and the FTSE 100 16 points lower at 7,149. 
    (Helen Reid)

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