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LIVE MARKETS-The problem with "very British", British shares

Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Danilo Masoni. Reach him on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: danilo.masoni.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net THE PROBLEM WITH "VERY BRITISH", BRITISH SHARES (1110 GMT) Viewed from the office of a Parisian asset manager, Carillion's collapse and this morning's concern surrounding Interserve are early signs of the pain Brexit is expected to bring and another reason to stay underweight on British shares. "For all 'very British', British companies (that is almost entirely exposed to the UK economy) one can see that there is an issue with faltering sales", said Olivier de Berranger, who heads asset management at France's La Financière de l’Echiquier. "Markets pay little attention to Brexit but there are worrying signs like the bankruptcy of Carillion or the decrease in traffic at Eurotunnel", de Berranger told Reuters' Paris markets team. (Blandine Henault and Julien Ponthus) ***** WHAT COULD SPOIL THE EUROPEAN EQUITY PARTY? (1007 GMT) On a day like today, it's sobering to consider what could go wrong for European equities. "No one wants to be dancing when the music stops, but the last part of a bull market tends to produce some of the most powerful returns," UBS' strategists say in a note, predicting around 15 percent of total returns in European equities in 2018. UBS flags rising U.S. yields, euro strength, PMIs rolling over and volatility picking up as potential spanners in the works, though. (Kit Rees) ***** EUROPE JOINS GLOBAL GLOOM, INTERSERVE FALLS IN POST-CARILLION SCARE (0820 GMT) As expected, European markets opened on a downward trend, in sync with a gloomy global mood which dampened Wall Street and Asian markets. All main bourses and sectors are down with the exception of tech, boosted by the results of ASML. British contractor Interserve is taking a 10 percent hit after the Financial Times reported that government ministers are "very worried" and have set up a team of officials to monitor the company following the collapse of competitor Carillion. Still in the UK but on a brighter note, events organiser UBM is surging 15 percent after a 3.8 billion pound bid from Informa. Here are the top movers on the STOXX 600 which is down 0.22 percent. (Julien Ponthus) ***** WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (0748 GMT) European shares are expected to open lower today with index futures pointing to losses of around 0.1-0.4 percent, as markets pull back following a new year rally that a lifted the pan-European STOXX 600 benchmark to its highest since August 2015. Earnings are likely to be the main focus with ASML in the spotlight after the chip tool maker reported a better-than-expected net profit for the fourth quarter as several customers asked for early delivery of products amid a booming semiconductor industry. For 2018, the company said it expected continued solid growth of sales and profitability. Eyes also on retailer Casino, which said it would deliver on its 2017 profit growth forecasts despite posting slightly softer fourth quarter sales, and manufacturing group Alstom, which reported higher third-quarter sales and kept its 2020 financial targets. UK education group Pearson predicted underlying profit growth in 2018 despite ongoing pressures in its North American business. In M&A, Britain's Informa made a cash and paper offer to buy events organiser UBM , while Nestle agreed to sell its U.S. confectionery business to Italy's Ferrero for $2.8 billion. Baader Bank noted Nestle got an attractive price for a business that's losing market share. Interserve could be hit after the FT reported that the construction service provider was under UK government watch over financial health fears. Other stock movers: European car sales drop 4.8 pct in December, Rio Tinto says U.S. SEC fraud case should be dismissed; Novartis's Kymriah wins speedy reviews in U.S., Europe; UK cinema chain Cineworld's 2017 revenue grows as Star Wars, Dunkirk shine. (Danilo Masoni) ***** FROM YESTERDAY'S "HICCUP" TO A BITCOIN-LIKE FALL (0725 GMT) What would it take? According to Rabobank, a trade war waged by Donald Trump on China has the potential to bring down global markets in the most dramatic way. "The little hiccup we got in equities yesterday could -- perhaps -- start to look more like what Bitcoin just did", it wrote in its morning note as world leaders nervously await the U.S. president's speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week. Here's bitcoin's fall these last three days: (Julien Ponthus) ***** EUROPEAN STOCK FUTURES FALL (0702 GMT) Stock futures in Europe have opened in the red with declines of around 0.3 percent. (Danilo Masoni) ***** TECH IN FOCUS AS ASML BEATS EXPECTATIONS (0634 GMT) The richly valued tech sector is one to watch this morning after the Dutch supplier of equipment to key chip makers reported a better-than-expected net profit for the fourth quarter. Several customers asked for early delivery of products amid a booming semiconductor industry, helping ASML's net profit rise to 644 million euros from 524 million euros. Analysts polled for Reuters had expected profit of 454 million euros. Tech stocks are leading sectoral gainers in Europe over the last 12 months but some investors say the sector's golden era may be over. (Danilo Masoni) ***** EUROPEAN MORNING CALL: LOWER (0617 GMT) Good morning and welcome to Live Markets. Following a steady close in the previous session, financial spreadbetters expect European to open lower today as gains on Wall Street evaporated, dragged by a weaker energy sector and losses in General Electric shares. Over in Asia, stocks stepped back from a record high as the region's resource shares were hit by falling oil and commodity prices. Here are your morning calls, courtesy of CMC Markets: FTSE100 is expected to open 21 points lower at 7,734 DAX is expected to open 64 points lower at 13,182 CAC40 is expected to open 20 points lower at 5,494 (Danilo Masoni) ***** (Reporting by Danilo Masoni, Helen Reid, Kit Rees and Julien Ponthus)

LIVE MARKETS-What could spoil the European equity party?

Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Danilo Masoni. Reach him on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: danilo.masoni.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net WHAT COULD SPOIL THE EUROPEAN EQUITY PARTY? (1007 GMT) On a day like today, it's sobering to consider what could go wrong for European equities. "No one wants to be dancing when the music stops, but the last part of a bull market tends to produce some of the most powerful returns," UBS' strategists say in a note, predicting around 15 percent of total returns in European equities in 2018. UBS flags rising U.S. yields, euro strength, PMIs rolling over and volatility picking up as potential spanners in the works, though. (Kit Rees) ***** EUROPE JOINS GLOBAL GLOOM, INTERSERVE FALLS IN POST-CARILLION SCARE (0820 GMT) As expected, European markets opened on a downward trend, in sync with a gloomy global mood which dampened Wall Street and Asian markets. All main bourses and sectors are down with the exception of tech, boosted by the results of ASML. British contractor Interserve is taking a 10 percent hit after the Financial Times reported that government ministers are "very worried" and have set up a team of officials to monitor the company following the collapse of competitor Carillion. Still in the UK but on a brighter note, events organiser UBM is surging 15 percent after a 3.8 billion pound bid from Informa. Here are the top movers on the STOXX 600 which is down 0.22 percent. (Julien Ponthus) ***** WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (0748 GMT) European shares are expected to open lower today with index futures pointing to losses of around 0.1-0.4 percent, as markets pull back following a new year rally that a lifted the pan-European STOXX 600 benchmark to its highest since August 2015. Earnings are likely to be the main focus with ASML in the spotlight after the chip tool maker reported a better-than-expected net profit for the fourth quarter as several customers asked for early delivery of products amid a booming semiconductor industry. For 2018, the company said it expected continued solid growth of sales and profitability. Eyes also on retailer Casino, which said it would deliver on its 2017 profit growth forecasts despite posting slightly softer fourth quarter sales, and manufacturing group Alstom, which reported higher third-quarter sales and kept its 2020 financial targets. UK education group Pearson predicted underlying profit growth in 2018 despite ongoing pressures in its North American business. In M&A, Britain's Informa made a cash and paper offer to buy events organiser UBM , while Nestle agreed to sell its U.S. confectionery business to Italy's Ferrero for $2.8 billion. Baader Bank noted Nestle got an attractive price for a business that's losing market share. Interserve could be hit after the FT reported that the construction service provider was under UK government watch over financial health fears. Other stock movers: European car sales drop 4.8 pct in December, Rio Tinto says U.S. SEC fraud case should be dismissed; Novartis's Kymriah wins speedy reviews in U.S., Europe; UK cinema chain Cineworld's 2017 revenue grows as Star Wars, Dunkirk shine. (Danilo Masoni) ***** FROM YESTERDAY'S "HICCUP" TO A BITCOIN-LIKE FALL (0725 GMT) What would it take? According to Rabobank, a trade war waged by Donald Trump on China has the potential to bring down global markets in the most dramatic way. "The little hiccup we got in equities yesterday could -- perhaps -- start to look more like what Bitcoin just did", it wrote in its morning note as world leaders nervously await the U.S. president's speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week. Here's bitcoin's fall these last three days: (Julien Ponthus) ***** EUROPEAN STOCK FUTURES FALL (0702 GMT) Stock futures in Europe have opened in the red with declines of around 0.3 percent. (Danilo Masoni) ***** TECH IN FOCUS AS ASML BEATS EXPECTATIONS (0634 GMT) The richly valued tech sector is one to watch this morning after the Dutch supplier of equipment to key chip makers reported a better-than-expected net profit for the fourth quarter. Several customers asked for early delivery of products amid a booming semiconductor industry, helping ASML's net profit rise to 644 million euros from 524 million euros. Analysts polled for Reuters had expected profit of 454 million euros. Tech stocks are leading sectoral gainers in Europe over the last 12 months but some investors say the sector's golden era may be over. (Danilo Masoni) ***** EUROPEAN MORNING CALL: LOWER (0617 GMT) Good morning and welcome to Live Markets. Following a steady close in the previous session, financial spreadbetters expect European to open lower today as gains on Wall Street evaporated, dragged by a weaker energy sector and losses in General Electric shares. Over in Asia, stocks stepped back from a record high as the region's resource shares were hit by falling oil and commodity prices. Here are your morning calls, courtesy of CMC Markets: FTSE100 is expected to open 21 points lower at 7,734 DAX is expected to open 64 points lower at 13,182 CAC40 is expected to open 20 points lower at 5,494 (Danilo Masoni) ***** (Reporting by Danilo Masoni, Helen Reid, Kit Rees and Julien Ponthus)

LIVE MARKETS-Europe joins global gloom, Interserve falls in post-Carillion scare

Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Danilo Masoni. Reach him on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: danilo.masoni.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net EUROPE JOINS GLOBAL GLOOM, INTERSERVE FALLS IN POST-CARILLION SCARE (0820 GMT) As expected, European markets opened on a downward trend, in sync with a gloomy global mood which dampened Wall Street and Asian markets. All main bourses and sectors are down with the exception of tech, boosted by the results of ASML. British contractor Interserve is taking a 10 percent hit after the Financial Times reported that government ministers are "very worried" and have set up a team of officials to monitor the company following the collapse of competitor Carillion. Still in the UK but on a brighter note, events organiser UBM is surging 15 percent after a 3.8 billion pound bid from Informa. Here are the top movers on the STOXX 600 which is down 0.22 percent. (Julien Ponthus) ***** WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (0748 GMT) European shares are expected to open lower today with index futures pointing to losses of around 0.1-0.4 percent, as markets pull back following a new year rally that a lifted the pan-European STOXX 600 benchmark to its highest since August 2015. Earnings are likely to be the main focus with ASML in the spotlight after the chip tool maker reported a better-than-expected net profit for the fourth quarter as several customers asked for early delivery of products amid a booming semiconductor industry. For 2018, the company said it expected continued solid growth of sales and profitability. Eyes also on retailer Casino, which said it would deliver on its 2017 profit growth forecasts despite posting slightly softer fourth quarter sales, and manufacturing group Alstom, which reported higher third-quarter sales and kept its 2020 financial targets. UK education group Pearson predicted underlying profit growth in 2018 despite ongoing pressures in its North American business. In M&A, Britain's Informa made a cash and paper offer to buy events organiser UBM , while Nestle agreed to sell its U.S. confectionery business to Italy's Ferrero for $2.8 billion. Baader Bank noted Nestle got an attractive price for a business that's losing market share. Interserve could be hit after the FT reported that the construction service provider was under UK government watch over financial health fears. Other stock movers: European car sales drop 4.8 pct in December, Rio Tinto says U.S. SEC fraud case should be dismissed; Novartis's Kymriah wins speedy reviews in U.S., Europe; UK cinema chain Cineworld's 2017 revenue grows as Star Wars, Dunkirk shine. (Danilo Masoni) ***** FROM YESTERDAY'S "HICCUP" TO A BITCOIN-LIKE FALL (0725 GMT) What would it take? According to Rabobank, a trade war waged by Donald Trump on China has the potential to bring down global markets in the most dramatic way. "The little hiccup we got in equities yesterday could -- perhaps -- start to look more like what Bitcoin just did", it wrote in its morning note as world leaders nervously await the U.S. president's speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week. Here's bitcoin's fall these last three days: (Julien Ponthus) ***** EUROPEAN STOCK FUTURES FALL (0702 GMT) Stock futures in Europe have opened in the red with declines of around 0.3 percent. (Danilo Masoni) ***** TECH IN FOCUS AS ASML BEATS EXPECTATIONS (0634 GMT) The richly valued tech sector is one to watch this morning after the Dutch supplier of equipment to key chip makers reported a better-than-expected net profit for the fourth quarter. Several customers asked for early delivery of products amid a booming semiconductor industry, helping ASML's net profit rise to 644 million euros from 524 million euros. Analysts polled for Reuters had expected profit of 454 million euros. Tech stocks are leading sectoral gainers in Europe over the last 12 months but some investors say the sector's golden era may be over. (Danilo Masoni) ***** EUROPEAN MORNING CALL: LOWER (0617 GMT) Good morning and welcome to Live Markets. Following a steady close in the previous session, financial spreadbetters expect European to open lower today as gains on Wall Street evaporated, dragged by a weaker energy sector and losses in General Electric shares. Over in Asia, stocks stepped back from a record high as the region's resource shares were hit by falling oil and commodity prices. Here are your morning calls, courtesy of CMC Markets: FTSE100 is expected to open 21 points lower at 7,734 DAX is expected to open 64 points lower at 13,182 CAC40 is expected to open 20 points lower at 5,494 (Danilo Masoni) ***** (Reporting by Danilo Masoni, Helen Reid, Kit Rees and Julien Ponthus)

LIVE MARKETS-What you need to know

Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Danilo Masoni. Reach him on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: danilo.masoni.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (0748 GMT) European shares are expected to open lower today with index futures pointing to losses of around 0.1-0.4 percent, as markets pull back following a new year rally that a lifted the pan-European STOXX 600 benchmark to its highest since August 2015. Earnings are likely to be the main focus with ASML in the spotlight after the chip tool maker reported a better-than-expected net profit for the fourth quarter as several customers asked for early delivery of products amid a booming semiconductor industry. For 2018, the company said it expected continued solid growth of sales and profitability. Eyes also on retailer Casino, which said it would deliver on its 2017 profit growth forecasts despite posting slightly softer fourth quarter sales, and manufacturing group Alstom, which reported higher third-quarter sales and kept its 2020 financial targets. UK education group Pearson predicted underlying profit growth in 2018 despite ongoing pressures in its North American business. In M&A, Britain's Informa made a cash and paper offer to buy events organiser UBM , while Nestle agreed to sell its U.S. confectionery business to Italy's Ferrero for $2.8 billion. Baader Bank noted Nestle got an attractive price for a business that's losing market share. Interserve could be hit after the FT reported that the construction service provider was under UK government watch over financial health fears. Other stock movers: European car sales drop 4.8 pct in December, Rio Tinto says U.S. SEC fraud case should be dismissed; Novartis's Kymriah wins speedy reviews in U.S., Europe; UK cinema chain Cineworld's 2017 revenue grows as Star Wars, Dunkirk shine. (Danilo Masoni) ***** FROM YESTERDAY'S "HICCUP" TO A BITCOIN-LIKE FALL (0725 GMT) What would it take? According to Rabobank, a trade war waged by Donald Trump on China has the potential to bring down global markets in the most dramatic way. "The little hiccup we got in equities yesterday could -- perhaps -- start to look more like what Bitcoin just did", it wrote in its morning note as world leaders nervously await the U.S. president's speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week. Here's bitcoin's fall these last three days: (Julien Ponthus) ***** EUROPEAN STOCK FUTURES FALL (0702 GMT) Stock futures in Europe have opened in the red with declines of around 0.3 percent. (Danilo Masoni) ***** TECH IN FOCUS AS ASML BEATS EXPECTATIONS (0634 GMT) The richly valued tech sector is one to watch this morning after the Dutch supplier of equipment to key chip makers reported a better-than-expected net profit for the fourth quarter. Several customers asked for early delivery of products amid a booming semiconductor industry, helping ASML's net profit rise to 644 million euros from 524 million euros. Analysts polled for Reuters had expected profit of 454 million euros. Tech stocks are leading sectoral gainers in Europe over the last 12 months but some investors say the sector's golden era may be over. (Danilo Masoni) ***** EUROPEAN MORNING CALL: LOWER (0617 GMT) Good morning and welcome to Live Markets. Following a steady close in the previous session, financial spreadbetters expect European to open lower today as gains on Wall Street evaporated, dragged by a weaker energy sector and losses in General Electric shares. Over in Asia, stocks stepped back from a record high as the region's resource shares were hit by falling oil and commodity prices. Here are your morning calls, courtesy of CMC Markets: FTSE100 is expected to open 21 points lower at 7,734 DAX is expected to open 64 points lower at 13,182 CAC40 is expected to open 20 points lower at 5,494 (Danilo Masoni) ***** (Reporting by Danilo Masoni, Helen Reid, Kit Rees and Julien Ponthus)

LIVE MARKETS-From yesterday's "hiccup" to a bitcoin-like fall (what would it take?)

Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Danilo Masoni. Reach him on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: danilo.masoni.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net FROM YESTERDAY'S "HICCUP" TO A BITCOIN-LIKE FALL (0725 GMT) What would it take? According to Rabobank, a trade war waged by Donald Trump on China has the potential to bring down global markets in the most dramatic way. "The little hiccup we got in equities yesterday could -- perhaps -- start to look more like what Bitcoin just did", it wrote in its morning note as world leaders nervously await the U.S. president's speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week. Here's bitcoin's fall these last three days: (Julien Ponthus) ***** EUROPEAN STOCK FUTURES FALL (0702 GMT) Stock futures in Europe have opened in the red with declines of around 0.3 percent. (Danilo Masoni) ***** TECH IN FOCUS AS ASML BEATS EXPECTATIONS (0634 GMT) The richly valued tech sector is one to watch this morning after the Dutch supplier of equipment to key chip makers reported a better-than-expected net profit for the fourth quarter. Several customers asked for early delivery of products amid a booming semiconductor industry, helping ASML's net profit rise to 644 million euros from 524 million euros. Analysts polled for Reuters had expected profit of 454 million euros. Tech stocks are leading sectoral gainers in Europe over the last 12 months but some investors say the sector's golden era may be over. (Danilo Masoni) ***** EUROPEAN MORNING CALL: LOWER (0617 GMT) Good morning and welcome to Live Markets. Following a steady close in the previous session, financial spreadbetters expect European to open lower today as gains on Wall Street evaporated, dragged by a weaker energy sector and losses in General Electric shares. Over in Asia, stocks stepped back from a record high as the region's resource shares were hit by falling oil and commodity prices. Here are your morning calls, courtesy of CMC Markets: FTSE100 is expected to open 21 points lower at 7,734 DAX is expected to open 64 points lower at 13,182 CAC40 is expected to open 20 points lower at 5,494 (Danilo Masoni) ***** (Reporting by Danilo Masoni, Helen Reid, Kit Rees and Julien Ponthus)

LIVE MARKETS-European stock futures fall

Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Danilo Masoni. Reach him on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: danilo.masoni.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net EUROPEAN STOCK FUTURES FALL (0702 GMT) Stock futures in Europe have opened in the red with declines of around 0.3 percent. (Danilo Masoni) ***** TECH IN FOCUS AS ASML BEATS EXPECTATIONS (0634 GMT) The richly valued tech sector is one to watch this morning after the Dutch supplier of equipment to key chip makers reported a better-than-expected net profit for the fourth quarter. Several customers asked for early delivery of products amid a booming semiconductor industry, helping ASML's net profit rise to 644 million euros from 524 million euros. Analysts polled for Reuters had expected profit of 454 million euros. Tech stocks are leading sectoral gainers in Europe over the last 12 months but some investors say the sector's golden era may be over. (Danilo Masoni) ***** EUROPEAN MORNING CALL: LOWER (0617 GMT) Good morning and welcome to Live Markets. Following a steady close in the previous session, financial spreadbetters expect European to open lower today as gains on Wall Street evaporated, dragged by a weaker energy sector and losses in General Electric shares. Over in Asia, stocks stepped back from a record high as the region's resource shares were hit by falling oil and commodity prices. Here are your morning calls, courtesy of CMC Markets: FTSE100 is expected to open 21 points lower at 7,734 DAX is expected to open 64 points lower at 13,182 CAC40 is expected to open 20 points lower at 5,494 (Danilo Masoni) ***** (Reporting by Danilo Masoni, Helen Reid, Kit Rees and Julien Ponthus)

LIVE MARKETS-Tech in focus as ASML beats expectations

Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Danilo Masoni. Reach him on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: danilo.masoni.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net TECH IN FOCUS AS ASML BEATS EXPECTATIONS (0634 GMT) The richly valued tech sector is one to watch this morning after the Dutch supplier of equipment to key chip makers reported a better-than-expected net profit for the fourth quarter. Several customers asked for early delivery of products amid a booming semiconductor industry, helping ASML's net profit rise to 644 million euros from 524 million euros. Analysts polled for Reuters had expected profit of 454 million euros. Tech stocks are leading sectoral gainers in Europe over the last 12 months but some investors say the sector's golden era may be over. (Danilo Masoni) ***** EUROPEAN MORNING CALL: LOWER (0617 GMT) Good morning and welcome to Live Markets. Following a steady close in the previous session, financial spreadbetters expect European to open lower today as gains on Wall Street evaporated, dragged by a weaker energy sector and losses in General Electric shares. Over in Asia, stocks stepped back from a record high as the region's resource shares were hit by falling oil and commodity prices. Here are your morning calls, courtesy of CMC Markets: FTSE100 is expected to open 21 points lower at 7,734 DAX is expected to open 64 points lower at 13,182 CAC40 is expected to open 20 points lower at 5,494 (Danilo Masoni) ***** (Reporting by Danilo Masoni, Helen Reid, Kit Rees and Julien Ponthus)

LIVE MARKETS-European Morning call: lower

Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Danilo Masoni. Reach him on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: danilo.masoni.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net EUROPEAN MORNING CALL: LOWER (0617 GMT) Good morning and welcome to Live Markets. Following a steady close in the previous session, financial spreadbetters expect European to open lower today as gains on Wall Street evaporated, dragged by a weaker energy sector and losses in General Electric shares. Over in Asia, stocks stepped back from a record high as the region's resource shares were hit by falling oil and commodity prices. Here are your morning calls, courtesy of CMC Markets: FTSE100 is expected to open 21 points lower at 7,734 DAX is expected to open 64 points lower at 13,182 CAC40 is expected to open 20 points lower at 5,494 (Danilo Masoni) ***** (Reporting by Danilo Masoni, Helen Reid, Kit Rees and Julien Ponthus)