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European shares slide on risk-off mood after gloomy Fed view

(Reuters) - Miners and banks led declines in European stocks, hit by a wave of selling across global markets on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve signalled a long path of recovery for the world’s largest economy.

The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, August 6, 2020. REUTERS/Staff

The pan-European STOXX 600 index .STOXX fell 1.1% to hit a 10-day low, with economically sensitive sectors such as miners .SXPP, banks .SX7P, automakers .SXAP and oil and gas .SXEP falling between 1.6% and 2.9%.

The Fed minutes showed that policymakers were doubtful of a quick economic rebound and may stick with aggressive stimulus measures for a much longer period, driving Wall Street indexes off their record highs.

A rise in U.S. weekly jobless claims to above 1 million also added to the downbeat sentiment.

Meanwhile in Europe, worries over a pick-up in coronavirus cases kept investors on edge. Britain recorded its second-highest daily total of new virus cases since June 21, while Germany has also seen cases accelerating in recent weeks.

“The impact of this (rise in COVID-19 cases) is not yet evident in the official economic data, but the high frequency figures show a clear flattening of activity – this will undoubtedly come through in the data,” Derek Halpenny, head of research for global markets EMEA at MUFG, wrote in a note.

A preliminary survey of European purchasing managers is due to be released on Friday. The numbers are likely to show the pick-up in business activity stagnated in August after a rebound in July.

A full bounceback from the euro zone’s deepest recession on record will take two years or more, a Reuters poll showed, with economists saying there is a high risk of the job recovery reversing by the end of 2020.

Among individual stocks, Chilean miner Antofagasta ANTO.L fell 5.6% after it posted a 22.4% plunge in first-half core earnings on lower copper sales, but said it would pay an interim dividend.

Payments processor Adyen NV ADYEN.AS, which has doubled in value in the past year, slipped 2.7% as it reported slower earnings growth.

Intercontinental Hotels Group IHG.L rose 0.9% and France's Accor ACCP.PA gained 2.3% after a French newspaper reported the hotel operators had examined a merger.

German real estate firm Tag Immobilien TEGG.DE jumped 6.9% as it confirmed its guidance for 2020 and said raising it during the year was a possibility.

Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur and Jan Harvey

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