Sept 28 (Reuters) – European stocks fell on Tuesday, as a surge in government bond yields pressured high-growth technology shares, with fresh signs of a slowdown in China’s economy weighing on investor sentiment.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index (.STOXX) was down 0.4%, falling for a third session as a jump in U.S. Treasury yields signalled that investors were bracing for higher cash rates and the risk of persistent inflation.
Data showed profit growth at China’s industrial firms slowed for a sixth month in August, with an unfolding power crisis a growing threat to output and bottom-lines. read more
However, a rally in Brent crude futures above $80 per barrel continued to support energy stocks, with the oil & gas index (.SXEP) rising 1.1% to fresh highs since February 2020.
Banks (.SX7P) were supported by rising rates, but technology stocks (.SX8P) fell the most, down almost 2% after their Wall Street peers tumbled overnight.
Swiss computer peripherals maker Logitech (LOGN.S) dropped 6.3% as Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock to “underweight”.
Dutch semiconductor supplier ASM International (ASMI.AS) fell 2.7% despite raising its third-quarter order intake guidance. read more
Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu
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