European stocks close lower on earnings; Heineken shares drop more than 6%

  • Europe's tech sector was on the back foot amid concerns big technology companies are struggling to deliver on earnings.
  • Deutsche Bank has moved nearly half of its euro clearing activities from London to Frankfurt, according to a report from the Financial Times on Sunday.
  • Heineken shares dropped to the bottom of the European benchmark after reporting lower-than-expected results for its second quarter.

European stocks closed lower Monday as traders continued to digest earnings from a slew of corporates.

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The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed provisionally 0.3 percent lower with most sectors in the red. Basic resources stocks were under pressure as trade concerns lingered. Europe's tech sector was also on the back foot, down 1.62 percent amid concerns big technology companies are struggling to deliver on earnings. Enterprise software firm Sage was the biggest drag on the sector, down 5.139 percent.

Several analysts claim the agreement reached last week between President Donald Trump and Europe over trade links is vague. Shares of BMW were marginally lower on Monday following news that it is set to become the first major carmaker to hike prices on U.S.-built vehicles it exports to China as the implications of the ongoing global trade war start to trickle through to consumers. The carmaker's stock pared those losses later on in the session.

In other earnings news, Heineken shares dropped to the bottom of the European benchmark, down 6.46 percent, after reporting lower-than-expected results for its second quarter and after cutting its margin outlook.

Hiscox, an underwriter of Lloyd's, rose to the top of the index, up by 7.264 percent. This was after reporting results for its first half of the year that came in above expectations.

On Wall Street, stocks fell as tech shares extended a rout seen in the previous week of trade.

Deutsche Bank and Brexit

In the latest Brexit-related development, Deutsche Bank has moved nearly half of its euro clearing activities from London to Frankfurt, according to a report from the Financial Times on Sunday. The news fuels Deutsche Boerse's designs to poach business from London Clearing House after the U.K. divorces from the European Union in March.

Newly appointed U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt traveled to China for talks with his counterpart Wang Li on U.K.-China trade relations after Brexit. According to Hunt, Wang made an offer to "open discussions about a possible free trade deal" between the two nations post-Brexit.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is to visit President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Reserve is set to kick off a two-day meeting on Tuesday, while analysts are hotly anticipating an expected rate hike decision by the Bank of England later in the week.