Action was fairly volatile today with the early selloff giving way to a move higher that took European indices to gains and the high of the day at the US open. From there as the US sold off so did Europe finishing the day with mostly mild losses. As noted earlier Sweden continued to lag with Switzerland and Italy also skewing the average.
On a sector basis the Autos ended up 80bps with a reprieve for now on tariffs while Utility and Travel names saw some gains. Basic Resources ended down 1.65%, joining Chemicals, Industrials, and Health Care with losses of over a percent.
Back to Brexit, headlines hit the Cabinet meeting with PM May has been extended and could run until 7:00 locally. Push back is expected with one news outlet noting 10 ministers may express they do not support the deal as written and demand change. While higher on the day the Pound has pulled back as the meeting wears on. ***As this goes to print TTN reports a BBC reporter has quoted a senior Tory saying Brexiteer anger is so high that is seems likely a no confidence vote will be called tomorrow*** On that the Pound off from 1.30 to sub 1.29.
As one of the lone standouts in the space Merck rallied 4.8% post upping their FY18 sales view. The name was off early on concerns of currency weakness in Argentina and Brazil coupled with a broker downgrade. However the stock shook off the losses early on, finishing at the highs of the day.
Expressing concerns over iron ore prices Liberum cut Rio Tinto -3.5% to sell today. Further they see lower Chinese demand for aluminum while that country increases exports.
From earlier: E.ON +3.4%, Innogy +.4%, Iliad +9.6%, Vodafone +1.3%, Smiths Group +5.3%, AP Moeller Maersk -.3%.
Tonight New Home Prices will be released in China along some home data in Japan. Employment data is due Down Under followed by the EU Trade Balance and EU27 New car regs. UK retail sales follow.