European markets open lower ahead of ECB meeting

European stocks open lower Thursday morning as traders watch developments from central banks across the world.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 opened 0.5% lower at 386.46 with every sector in the red.

Italy’s FTSE MIB and France’s CAC 40 started the day 0.5% lower at 22,097.81 and 5,423.21 respectively.

U.K.’s FTSE 100 and Germany’s DAX traded 0.6% lower at 7,657.35 and 12,810.06 while Spain’s IBEX 35 fell 0.4% to 9,864.70 at the open.

Stocks markets have fallen in the wake of the latest decision from the Federal Reserve to hike rates by 25 points. The central bank also indicated that two more increases could still take place this year, which led the Dow to close down by 119.53 points.

In the meantime, traders will be looking at a European Central Bank (ECB) meeting in Riga, Latvia on Thursday, where policymakers are set to start discussing how to put an end to its massive bond-buying program.

Source: CNBC

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European Markets Close Higher Ahead of Fed Rate Decision

European markets closed higher Wednesday afternoon, as investors waited for the latest monetary policy decision from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 index closed 0.2 percent higher at 388.25 provisionally with most sectors finishing in positive territory.

Source : CNBC

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U.S. Stock Market Attempts to Climb Ahead of Expected Fed Rate Hike

U.S. stock-market indexes were tentatively higher on Wednesday as investors awaited a decision from the Federal Reserve, which is widely expected to increase rates by a quarter of a percentage point and offer details on path forward for monetary policy.

The S&P 500 rose 4 points, or 0.2%, to 2,791, with six of the 11 main sectors trading lower. Telecoms shares were among the worst hit, with the sector down more than 3% after Tuesday’s court ruling that AT&T can go ahead with its nearly $ 85 billion acquisition of Time Warner.

The Nasdaq Composite added 42 points, or 0.5%, to 7,746 and set an intraday record at 7,747.16.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged 22 points, or 0.1%, to 25,340.

Source : Market Watch

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