At a quarter to three, the AEX index was 2.4% lower at 558.2 points. The AMX fell 1.5% to 838.7 points. The price signs in London (-2.2%), Frankfurt (-3%) and Paris (-2.5%) also turned deep red.
Index futures pointed to a 1.2% to 1.6% lower opening of the US stock markets at 3:30 pm, after losing 0.6% to 0.8% on Wednesday.
At half past two it turned out that 898,000 Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week. That is 53,000 more than a week earlier 825,000, while an almost equal number was expected. The mood was already bad, as US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reported Wednesday evening that a new corona support package is unlikely to be in place ahead of the November 3 presidential election. Koen Bender, CEO of Mercurius Vermogensbeheer “This once again makes it clear that the main motive for the stock markets is stimulus in the short term. The longer it takes for Joe Modaal to receive support, the more dangerous it becomes. Companies are better off idling than going bankrupt, because that destroys much more capital. ”
Bender thinks that if Donald Trump loses the election, the bailout package won’t come before Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. “Perhaps Trump is still trying to quickly reach an agreement with the Democrats, who want a much broader support package. It is entrusted to him to claim this as a victory. ”
The ongoing rise of the corona virus in many European countries is also worrying Bender, especially because it is leading to stricter measures. For example, France has declared a public health emergency and additional measures in Germany seem inevitable due to the record number of new corona infections. “The longer the lockdown lasts, the more damaging to the economy. I argue for hard financial consequences for offenders, who after all ensure that taxes have to be raised for a long time to reduce the debts.
On the Brexit front, another important deadline threatens to be missed. The moment will expire on Thursday for which, according to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, an agreement must be reached on a trade agreement with the European Union before the departure of the British. However, both parties have barely come together during months of negotiations.
Unibail shoots up
Royal Dutch Shell was at the bottom in the AEX with a minus of 4.9%, partly in response to the fall in oil prices by 3-4%. The cyclical agency Randstad zdeed 4.5%.
It weighs heavily in the index ASML decreased 3.6%. On Wednesday, investors already reacted negatively to the quarterly figures of the chip machine manufacturer.
ABN Amro fell 2.7%. The Public Prosecution Service has almost completed the money laundering investigation against the banking group. According to De Telegraaf, this allows negotiations about a settlement with the bank to start. Analysts suspect that the settlement for ABN Amro will amount to around € 400 million.
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield was a positive outlier with a plus of 12%. A group of shareholders led by former Unibail boss Léon Bressler has launched an attack on the retail property fund’s plan to issue € 3.5 billion worth of shares. Bender calls this a risky strategy. “Unibail is in dire straits and if the share issue does not go ahead, the risk of bankruptcy increases considerably.”
Food delivery service Just Eat Takeaway won 1.4%. Wednesday’s well-received quarterly figures have led to many price target increases by analysts.
In the AMX SBM Offshore and engineering firm Arcadis with at least 4% at the bottom.
Smallcap TomTom, which came out with uninspiring quarterly figures on Wednesday, fell 6%.
The supplier of software for customer contact centers won the local market CM.Com 4%, after the publication of solid growth figures for the third quarter.
AND (+ 3.5%) announced to change its company name to GeoJunxion. The navigation specialist will focus more on specific route information, such as areas with environmental zones.
RoodMicrotec fell 1.2%, although the chip company is confident in a positive result in the second half.
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