European shares fell for a third straight session, the longest losing streak in more than five weeks, as tech stocks were dragged down by Infineon Technologies AG’s outlook, while the Bank of England raised interest rates to a new 15-year high.
(Bloomberg) — European shares fell for a third straight session, the longest losing streak in more than five weeks, as tech stocks were dragged down by Infineon Technologies AG’s outlook, while the Bank of England raised interest rates to a new 15-year high.
The Stoxx 600 Index fell 0.6% by the close in London, with tech shares underperforming. Infineon slumped 9.3% as the chipmaker’s fourth-quarter forecasts for margin and revenue both missed analyst estimates as inventory levels edged higher. The update put pressure even on peers, with Europe’s largest tech firm ASML Holding NV down 1.5%.
Among other single stock moves, Societe Generale SA rose as the French lender beat most analyst estimates even as key revenue lines weakened amid a lackluster trading environment. Deutsche Lufthansa AG fell as Europe’s biggest airline group saw its profit beat offset by net debt and increasing costs. Anheuser-Busch InBev NV ticked higher as the world’s largest brewer reported earnings that beat analysts’ estimates.
The UK central bank lifted its key rate a quarter point to 5.25%, a smaller hike than the half-point increase delivered in June. It warned that its fight against inflation may require tighter borrowing conditions for a prolonged period. The more domestically-focused FTSE 250 Index rose 0.1%.
The Bank of England has “picked the safer route” by raising rates by another 25 basis points instead of a larger increase, said Richard Flax, chief investment officer at European digital wealth manager Moneyfarm. “With the UK economy already tipping toward a recession and growth flat-lining, a 50-basis point hike would have exacerbated the decline.”
Meanwhile, Pictet AM’s chief strategist Luca Paolini raised global equities to neutral but cut European equities to underweight from neutral, citing deteriorating economic outlook.
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–With assistance from Michael Msika and Joel Leon.
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