European shares dip as Ingenico, Metrobank add to macro gloom

The German share price index DAX graph at the stock exchange in Frankfurt
FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Staff

January 23, 2019

LONDON (Reuters) – European shares retreated on Wednesday morning as a new batch of corporate updates prompted fresh concerns, particularly on the tech sector, and added to worries about a global growth slowdown and the Sino-U.S. trade negotiations.

At 0819 GMT, the STOXX 600 <.STOXX> was down 0.5 percent, with bourses all across Europe losing ground and a number of steep individual falls at the open.

A profit warning by Ingenico <INGC.PA> sent the French payment group down over 12 percent and hit the whole European tech sector <.SX8P>, which retreated 0.9 percent.

Still in the sector, ASML Holding NV <ASML.AS>, a major supplier to the world’s largest computer chipmakers, fueled more concerns and caution among investors as it warned first-quarter sales would be weak, with some of its customers delaying orders into the second half of 2019.

A profit miss by Metro Bank <MTRO.L> triggered a spectacular 27 percent fall and gave no respite to a banking sector already weakened during the previous session by Swiss bank UBS’s <UBSG.S> fourth-quarter earnings report.

European retailers were in a much more comfortable spot and trading in the black after supermarket groups Carrefour <CARR.PA> and Ahold Delhaize <AD.AS> posted their trading update and gained 5.4 percent and 2.9 percent respectively.

(Reporting by Julien Ponthus; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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