European shares ebb off, cap a tumultuous week below record highs


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European shares ebb off, cap a tumultuous week below record highs

On Friday, the 14th of February 2020, a hatful of negative earnings’ updates from UK and France had dragged a basket of European bourses down for the second consecutive day, while frets over coronavirus epidemic’s economic fallouts had still been keeping a lid on gains and preventing the traders to toe the lines.

In point of fact, Friday’s (February 14th) European bourses had opened the day in an upbeat note following yesterday’s (February 13th) steep downfall and had hit record highs during intra-day trading, but a majority of European bourses had pared earlier gains at late afternoon sessions, a move which analysts usually call as a weekend profit-taking sell-off.

Meanwhile, adding that it had been another week for the European stock exchanges that kept the investors in a “buying loop,” a chief market analyst at IG, Chris Beauchamp, wrote in a client note on Friday’s (February 14th) European market wrap up, “The weekend provides plenty of scope for unpleasant surprises, hence the cautious attitude displayed by risk assets on most Fridays in the year so far.

But it has been yet another week where downside has failed to materialize in any real fashion, leaving investors with nothing to do but keep buying into the rally. ” Quoting statistics, on Friday’s (February 14th) European market closure, the regional pan-European STOXX shed 0.1 per cent to 432.26 after spiking to an all-time high on record earlier in the session, while London’s FTSE 100 faltered 0.58 per cent to 7,409.13, but London’s mid-capped index, FTSE Mid 250 gained 0.54 per cent to 21,790.08.

Besides, Frankfurt’s DAX ended the day almost flatlined to 13,744.21, while French CAC 40 shrugged off 0.39 per cent to 6,069.35. Elsewhere in the Europe, Madrid’s benchmark IBEX 35 rose by 0.47 per cent to 9,956.80, while Italy’s FTSE MIB curtailed 0.10 per cent to 24,867.01 on Friday’s (February 14th) European market round off.