European stocks close lower as market jitters persist; 2-year gilt yields hit fresh 15-year high

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European markets fell at the start of the new trading week as investors remained jittery over the economic outlook.

The benchmark Stoxx 600 index closed 1% lower Monday, with almost all sectors in negative territory. Chemicals stocks led losses, down 2.8%, while banking stocks ended just above the flatline.

European markets

Construction and material stocks fell 2.5% amid warnings of a looming U.K. mortgage crunch and a dip in house asking prices, as figures showed the average rate of a two-year fixed-rate deal crept over 6% for the first time since December.

The Bank of England will announce its latest interest rate decision on Thursday, along with the Swiss National Bank.

Asia-Pacific markets were also largely lower, although Japan's markets were still hovering near 33-year highs.

Asia investors will be looking ahead to China's loan prime rate decision on Tuesday, after the world's second-largest economy cut some of its key lending rates last week.

On the diplomatic front, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in Beijing on a diplomatic mission to repair strained ties between the U.S. and China.

U.S. markets were closed for the Juneteenth holiday.

Stocks on the move: Next up 5%, Getinge down 15%

British fashion retailer Next was 5% higher Monday after raising its sales and profit guidance for the year. The clothes brand noted that trading had exceeded expectations thanks to recent warm weather and a boost in wages for consumers.

On the other end, shares of Swedish medical technology company Getinge tumbled 15% as supply chain issues led the firm to issue a profit warning.

— Karen Gilchrist

Markets may be overestimating how high interest rates in the UK will go, investment trust CEO says

Markets may be overestimating how high interest rates in the UK will go, investment trust CEO says
Markets may be overestimating how high UK interest rates will go: CEO

Andrew Bell, CEO of Witan Investment Trust, says the full effect of monetary policy tightening in the U.K. has not been felt yet and the Bank of England should take a gradual approach to increasing interest rates.

UK 2-year government bond yields hits 15-year high

The yield on 2-year U.K. government bonds, also known as gilts, hit a 15-year high Monday.

The yield was trading around 4.978% by 9:40 a.m. London time — the highest since July 2008 — ahead of the Bank of England's monetary policy decision Thursday.

The central bank is widely expected to increase interest rates by 25 basis points in the face of still-high inflation and a strong labor market.

"The incoming UK data since the May MPC meeting point to mixed growth momentum, continued tightness in the labour market, and very strong underlying inflationary pressures," Goldman Sachs analysts led by Sven Jari Stehn said in a note on June 15.

"Although some uncertainty remains ahead of the June 21 CPI release, we expect a 25bp hike at next week's meeting and see a high hurdle for a 50bp step because inflation expectations have remained anchored, recent comments have signalled no appetite for stepping up the pace and the meeting will have no press conference or new projections."

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Inflation outlook falls sharply in key consumer survey

Consumer inflation expectations tumbled in June, providing support for the Federal Reserve in its battle against rising prices.

The closely watched University of Michigan Survey of Consumers showed that one-year expectations plunged to 3.3%, down from 4.2% the prior month. That's the lowest level since March 2021.

The headline reading for the survey posted a 63.9 reading, better than the Dow Jones estimate for 60.2 and up from May's 59.2.

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European markets: Here are the opening calls

European markets are heading for a positive open Thursday.

The U.K.'s FTSE 100 index is expected to open 3 points higher at 7,425, Germany's DAX up 29 points at 16,194, France's CAC up 6 points at 7,277 and Italy's FTSE MIB up 18 points at 29,730, according to data from IG. 

Regional investors will be keeping a close eye on the release of preliminary euro zone inflation data for November on Thursday. Final third-quarter gross domestic product data for France is also due, as are German unemployment figures for November.

— Holly Ellyatt