UPDATE 2-European shares sapped by weak financial information, journey curbs

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* STOXX up 0.2% on the week after Friday’s slide

* Journey shares stoop as EU proposes journey curbs

* Euro zone enterprise exercise shrinks in Jan

(Updates to market shut)

By Sruthi Shankar and Amal S

Jan 22 (Reuters) – European shares ended decrease on Friday, closing out one other lacklustre week as enterprise exercise within the euro zone shrank in January after stringent lockdowns to manage the coronavirus pandemic shuttered many companies.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 0.6%, however clung to a small 0.2% rise for every week, dominated by hopes for enormous U.S. stimulus underneath President Joe Biden.

Journey and leisure shares fell 2.5%, main declines amongst sectors amid issues over recent journey restrictions in Europe. Different economically delicate sectors like banks , oil & gasoline and mining shed greater than 1%.

IHS Markit’s flash composite Buying Mangers’ Index (PMI) for the euro zone fell additional beneath the 50 mark separating development from contraction, hitting 47.5 in January from December’s 49.1. bloc’s dominant service business was hit onerous with hospitality and leisure venues pressured to stay closed, however manufacturing remained robust as factories largely stayed open.

The auto-heavy German DAX fell 0.2%, France’s CAC 40 dropped 0.6%, and euro zone shares had been down 0.6%.

The sealing of a post-Brexit commerce deal, unprecedented stimulus measures from central banks and governments, and hopes that COVID-19 vaccines will spur a sooner financial rebound drove the STOXX 600 to a close to 11-month excessive this week.

“There may be fairly an enormous dialogue out there on whether or not the consensus is simply too bullish, or if we have to have a pullback,” stated Graham Secker, chief European fairness strategist at Morgan Stanley (NYSE:).

“I feel that is extra concerning the truth the markets had a powerful run over the previous few months. Perhaps it offers individuals an excuse for some profit-taking.

“Whereas the long-term narrative is undamaged, the market tends to offer the good thing about doubt.”

A European Central Financial institution survey confirmed the euro zone financial system is more likely to rebound this yr – however at a slower tempo than anticipated just a few months in the past – earlier than making up the misplaced floor in 2022. Lufthansa , Air France and British Airways-owner IAG fell between 2.5% and three.4%, whereas vacation group TUI tumbled 17.2% after the European Union proposed to label hotspots of COVID-19 infections as “darkish pink” zones.

Travellers from these areas must take a check earlier than departure and bear quarantine. UK’s FTSE 100 fell 0.3% and midcap shares slid 1.0% after Britain’s retail gross sales marked a weak finish to their worst yr on report in December, whereas enterprise exercise contracted sharply within the newest month. shares fell 1.5% after the nation’s fundamental ruling events flagged snap elections as the one method out of its political deadlock if Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte fails to drum up a parliamentary majority after scraping by way of a confidence vote this week. restrict losses in Germany’s DAX, engineering group Siemens AG jumped 7.3% on stronger-than-expected preliminary outcomes for its first quarter. world’s largest carmaker Volkswagen rose 1.9% as a rebound in premium automotive gross sales in China and stronger fourth-quarter deliveries helped maintain it within the black final yr, although its revenue virtually halved because of the impression of the pandemic.

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