European equities muted and oil loses ground

SourceFinancial Times
SectorOil & Gas
CountryMiddle east

European equities fell modestly on Friday, leaving them on track to end the week only slightly higher. The region-wide Stoxx 600 index fell 0.2 per cent in early morning trading, putting it on course for a 0.2 per cent weekly gain. London’s FTSE 100 benchmark, meanwhile, was 0.1 per cent down since open, while Germany’s Xetra Dax shed 0.7 per cent. With some markets in Asia shut for the lunar new year holiday, these losses were enough to push global benchmarks fractionally lower. The FTSE All-World index slipped 0.1 per cent, but was still up 5 per cent for the month so far, driven by hopes of further economic stimulus in the US and better news on global infection rates and vaccine programmes. “Global equities have had a good start to the year,” said Gregory Perdon, co-chief investment officer at private bank Arbuthnot Latham. “It’s not uncommon for investors to take a pause to reflect on the data and news flow — which is more...