Autos and apparel makers boost European stocks, while U.S. equity futures struggle – MarketWatch
European stocks rebounded on Friday, thanks to upbeat results from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Daimler, while U.S. equity futures turned positive on vaccine news and as investors awaited retail sales data.
The Stoxx Europe 600 index SXXP, +0.85% rose 0.7% to 365.63, after closing down 2% on Thursday, the biggest one-day drop since Sept. 21. The index is headed for a weekly loss of just over 1%. The German DAX DAX, +0.99% rose 0.6%, the French CAC 40 PX1, +1.52% climbed 1.4% and the FTSE 100 UKX, +1.36% rose 1%.
NQ00, +0.51% turned higher, after a weak finish on Thursday driven by downbeat jobs data and a lack of progress over a coronavirus relief package. Retail sales, industrial production and a consumer sentiment survey are ahead in the U.S. on Friday.
Politics also remains a theme in London, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson was due to make a statement on Friday on whether the U.K. will continue Brexit talks with the European Union, after an inconclusive summit this week.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen left the summit on Thursday afternoon, and is in quarantine after a member of her staff tested positive for COVID-19. She said she has tested negative for the virus.
The apparel sector was a leading gainer on Friday, thanks to a 6% jump in shares of CAC 40 heavyweight LVMH Moët Hennessey LVMH, +6.92%. The luxury-goods maker reported strong growth at its Louis Vuitton and Dior brands, partly offsetting steep declines elsewhere.
The automotive sector was also gaining, helped by a 3% rise in Daimler DAII, +5.31% shares after the German auto maker reported preliminary third-quarter earnings above market consensus, and said it expects a strong remainder of 2020.
That is as data showed passenger-car registrations rose in the European Union rose for the first time in a year in September, for a gain of 3.1%. It was, however, a mixed picture across the region, with gains in Germany and Italy, but declines in France and Spain. Renault RNO, +5.13% shares rose 1% in Paris.
And Volvo VOLV.B, +1.75% reported better-than-expected net profit in the third quarter, due to recovering demand for truck and construction equipment. Shares rose 3%.
A top gainer for the Stoxx 600, Thyssenkrupp TKA, +11.72% shares surged 16%. The U.K.-based international industrial and metals group, Liberty House, could announce a bid for Thyssenkrupp’s loss-making steel division as soon as Friday, the Financial Times reported, citing sources.