On Thursday, the 2nd of May 2019, the European shares witnessed their worst session in more than one and a half months, after US Federal Reserve had dampened the market outlook, saying that the US Central Bank would be holding on to its patient stance and depending on inflation data for interest rate cut.
Nevertheless, as US inflation had now been well-under Central Bank’s target of 2.0 percent at 1.5 percent on a year-on-year basis, and a waning labor wage had also contributing to a moderation of inflation outlook, investors’ had brushed aside hopes of an interest rate cut in a near-term outlook, which could have proffered further breathing space for global equities as well as European stock exchanges.
Despite a clamped-down market optimism, gains posted by Volkswagen and Bayer AG had eased some of the losses, while further plunge of German software company, SAP, amid a declined demand and dubitable quarterly outlook, had been rubbing salts into the existing wounds.
Addressing that the market had been venting sell-off concerns much-earlier than anticipated, an analyst at City Index, Ken Odeluga said, “Investors see the need to recalibrate their expectations because the chair said there was no greater bias for a cut or a raise in the near term.
That was interpreted as somewhat more hawkish than expected given that the market has been pricing in a reduction perhaps as early as this year”. On Thursday’s (May 2nd) market closure, the regional Pan-European STOXX 600 had been slumped by 0.7 percent, while a majority of the indices had rounded off the day well in red after returning from a May Day Holiday.
London’s FTSE 100 had lost 0.46 percent to 7,351.31, while the loss was largely catalyzed by a fall of the Energy stocks following a plunge of crude oil price. Elsewhere in Europe, Paris bourse shed 0.85 percent to 5,538.86, while trade-sensitive Frankfurt’s DAX had somehow averted a plunge and closed down the day marginally higher amid latest developments of an ongoing Sino-US trade talk., added 0.01 percent to 12,345.42,