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Nov 23, 2018

Europe, and US Stocks Markets at Close Report


European markets fight back to close higher; oil in focus


David Reid, Sam Meredith






European stocks gyrated on Friday , partially affected by a steep dip in oil prices.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 moved lower in the early afternoon but recovered ground to close Friday's session provisionally 0.42 percent higher by the closing bell.
FTSE FTSE 100 6952.86 -7.46 -0.11% 708064900
DAX DAX 11192.69 54.20 0.49% 64960679
CAC CAC 4946.95 8.81 0.18% 63890373
Oil prices slumped to their lowest levels in more than a year on Friday, deepening a rapid seven-week sell-off that has plunged crude futures deep into a bear market.
Friday's declines further ramp up the pressure on OPEC ahead of a much-anticipated meeting between the influential oil cartel and its allied partners. OPEC and non-OPEC members are expected to start curtailing output at a meeting in Vienna on December 6.
By the close of trade WTI sat at around $51.13 per barrel and Brent Crude was at $58.83. The Stoxx Euro Oil and Gas sector shed 2.9 percent
Europe's banking index moved into positive territory on Friday, up around 0.5 percent amid support from Italy's notoriously fragile lenders. Banco BPM, Unicredit and Ubi Banca were all trading more than 2 percent higher after the country's deputy prime minister, Luigi Di Maio, reportedly said Rome would show the highest willingness to work with European institutions in order to resolve a budget stand-off.
However, Di Maio also told La Repubblica Friday that Italy would not be prepared to amend the main pillars of its expansionary 2019 budget. The European Commission has already rejected the country's big spending plans, saying it fails to bring down the deficit as required by EU regulations.
Looking at other individual stocks, Britain's Flybe surged towards the top of the London Stock Exchange on Friday. It comes after the regional airline confirmed Virgin Atlantic was one of the parties it was in talks with as part of a formal sales process. Rival airlines including Ryanair and Easyjet had previously ruled themselves out of bidding for Flybe. Shares of the stock rose more than 70 percent on the news, albeit from a low base..

Euro zone PMI

Weak data for the euro zone affected markets on Friday. IHS Markit's Flash Composite PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) for November came in at 52.4. That still represents expansion but is the weakest number since late 2014.
Bond yields fell as investors increased bets that weak growth across the euro zone (19 of the 28 European Union members) would slow the ECB's plan to withdraw stimulus.

Brexit

Market focus is largely attuned to Brexit developments, after a draft deal was reached between the U.K. and the European Union late Thursday.
The agreement follows a treaty last week that set the terms for Britain's withdrawal from the bloc in March 2019.
The British government still faces a daunting task in getting the deal through Parliament, with lawmakers deeply divided over the proposal in its current form.


                                                                      US

Dow falls more than 150 points, posts worst Thanksgiving week decline since 2011

Fred Imbert




Stocks fell on Friday as some of the most popular technology shares were under pressure once again, while a steep drop in oil prices also weighed on equities.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 178.74 points to 24,285.95 while the S&P 500 pulled back 0.65 percent to 2,632.56. The Nasdaq Composite dipped 0.5 percent to close at 6,938.98. The Dow and S&P 500 posted their worst Black Friday performance since 2010. The Nasdaq had its worst Black Friday since 2011.
For the week, the major indexes all dropped more than 3 percent. They also had their biggest loss for a Thanksgiving week since 2011.

"I don't think the bull run is over but I think we're close to the end of the cycle," said Mark Esposito, CEO of Esposito Securities. "It feels a bit unsafe." Esposito cited slowing earnings growth, higher market volatility and slowing economic growth as signs the currency cycle may be ending.
Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google-parent Alphabet all fell on Friday. These stocks, which make up the popular "FAANG" trade, all fell at least 5.7 percent through Wednesday's close.
Apple, which has fallen more than 25 percent since hitting an all-time high earlier this year, dropped 2.5 percent after The Wall Street Journal reported the company plans to cut prices for the iPhone XR in Japan because it's not selling well.
Friday's session ended early after the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, when U.S. markets were closed.
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. 
Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.
Stocks were also under pressure on Friday as crude oil prices plunged. West Texas Intermediate futures fell more than 6 percent to $51.03 per barrel, reaching their lowest level of the year.
"Tech stocks are under pressure once again but more troubling is that oil prices are collapsing," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities. "Lower oil prices are not a good sight for the economy."
"OPEC has indicated they're going to cut [production], but that's not helping. That's a bad sign," said Cardillo.
The drop sent the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE) — which tracks the S&P 500 energy sector — down more than 3.1 percent. Shares of Concho Resources, EOG Resources and Devon Energy were among the biggest decliners in the XLE.
Crude's decline comes at a time when U.S.-China trade tensions have raised concern of a possible economic slowdown. The two countries have imposed tariffs on billions of dollars worth of each other's goods as the Trump administration takes on a protectionist stance on trade.
U.S. and Chinese leaders are expected to meet at a G-20 meeting in Argentina at the end of the month, though few economists expect the scheduled talks to resolve the trade dispute.
"A lot of the move have to do with tariffs and moves by the Fed," said Greg Powell, CEO of Fi-Plan Partners. "Depending on what happens in those talks, that could change the whole dynamic in the market from a sentiment standpoint."
China stocks fell on Friday in anticipation of the U.S.-China trade talks. The Shanghai Composite dropped 2.5 percent while the Shenzhen A Share index pulled back 3.7 percent.
Retailers bucked the negative trend, as the SPDR S&P Retail exchange-traded fund (XRT) rose 0.3 percent on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Shares of Lands' End and Etsy rose 5 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively, while L Brands gained 2 percent. Overstock, which is also in the XRT, surged more than 23 percent after its CEO said the company would sell its retail business to focus on crypto.
—CNBC's Sam Meredith contributed to this report.

Source: CNBC

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