October 8, 2013 / 5:35 AM / 4 years ago

European Factors to Watch-Shares set to extend losses

PARIS, Oct 8 (Reuters) - European stocks are set to dip in early trade on
Tuesday, losing ground for the fourth time in five sessions as investors
continued to move to the sidelines, rattled by the lack of significant progress
in resolving the U.S. budget standoff.
    Adding to the negative sentiment, data showed growth in China's services
industry slowed last month and optimism over the business outlook weakened,
signalling that the recovery in the world's second biggest economy is likely to
remain fragile. 
    Also on macro front, data showed German exports rose slightly less than
expected in August..
    At 0614 GMT, futures for Euro STOXX 50, for UK's FTSE 100,
for Germany's DAX and for France's CAC were flat to down 0.2
    As the partial U.S. government shutdown entered a second week, investors
worry that Republicans and Democrats won't reach an agreement on the budget as
well as on the debt ceiling ahead of the Oct. 17 deadline, which could result in
a U.S. debt default. 
    "With such huge uncertainties in the market at the moment, no one has the
confidence or nerve to place any sizable positions," Capital Spreads trader
Jonathan Sudaria said in a note.
    "The bulls are cautious of a prolonged stalemate and the bears are fearful
of any surprise deal being done so the only trading of note is by those taking
profits after the September run up."
    On Monday, European stocks drifted lower in thin trading volumes as the U.S.
budget impasse kept investors on edge, with the FTSEurofirst 300 index
of top European shares hitting a one-month closing low.
    Investors' risk aversion has been sharply rising in the past few days, with
the CBOE Volatility index, or VIX, a measure of investor anxiety, jumping
16 percent on Monday to its highest level since June. The VIX has surged 48
percent over the past three weeks.
    The Euro STOXX 50 Volatility index rose as much as 10 percent on
Monday, hitting a one-month high.
                                         LAST  PCT CHG  NET CHG
 S&P 500                             1,676.12  -0.85 %   -14.38
 NIKKEI                             13,894.61    0.3 %    41.29
 MSCI ASIA EX-JP                       546.25    0.7 %     3.81
 EUR/USD                               1.3572  -0.07 %  -0.0009
 USD/JPY                                97.13   0.46 %   0.4400
 10-YR US TSY YLD                       2.636       --     0.01
 10-YR BUND YLD                         1.816       --     0.02
 SPOT GOLD                          $1,324.26   0.22 %    $2.97
 US CRUDE                             $103.10   0.07 %     0.07
  > GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar near 8-mth low as shutdown enters 2nd week 
  > US STOCKS-Wall St falls as no progress seen to resolve shutdown 
  > Nikkei falls to 5-week low on U.S. shutdown, debt ceiling impasse 
  > FOREX-Dollar drifts up from 2-mth low vs yen, U.S. impasse in focus 
  > PRECIOUS-Gold near one-week high on softer dollar, U.S. shutdown 
  > METALS-London copper steady on caution over U.S. fiscal standoff 
  > Brent lower, holds above $109 despite cloudy demand outlook 
    Bowing to European Union requests, loss-making Italian bank Banca Monte dei
Paschi di Siena unveiled thousands of new job cuts on Monday and asset sale
plans in a bid to return to profit and stave off nationalisation.
    Standard and Poor's said on Monday it had placed the ratings of Italy's
Telecom Italia on creditwatch negative for a possible downgrade to junk status,
citing rising management and governance concerns. 
    Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris has increased his short position in Telecom
Italia shares after Telefonica struck a deal to gradually take control of the
debt-laden Italian operator. 
    Spanish oil major Repsol is putting the brakes on the planned sale of a 30
percent stake in Gas Natural Fenosa, sources said on Monday, facing the need to
offer a steep discount to attract buyers. 
    The telecom equipment maker plans to reduce its staff by 10,000 as part of a
cost-cutting drive to save 1 billion euros by 2015, Les Echos and Le Figaro
newspapers reported on their websites.
    Italy's government will continue talks with top management at Alitalia on
Tuesday to try to find a way to keep the cash-strapped airline in business after
inconclusive talks on Monday. 
    Spanish bank Santander said on Monday it had agreed to pay 140 million euros
($190 million) for a 51 percent stake in the country's largest consumer finance
business from department store chain El Corte Ingles. 
    Germany's second-biggest lender expects profits at its corporate banking
unit Mittelstandsbank to decline this year, board member Markus Beumer told
    BATS Chi-X Europe, the largest alternative trading venue in the region, said
on Tuesday it plans to launch a pan-European listings business in November.
    The utility plans to bundle its retail sales businesses in a European
holding to cut costs, Handelsblatt newspaper reported, citing company sources.
    The Swiss engineering group said on Tuesday it had agreed to sell all the
assets of Baldor's generator-set business to Generac Holdings.
    The German drugmaker said it aims to bring its five most advanced mid-stage
drug development projects into the third and last phase of testing on humans by

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