European markets fall sharply as global stocks retreat; Stoxx 600 down 1.9%


The Bank of England’s position is ‘almost impossible,’ chief investment strategist says

The UK government has made the Bank of England's position almost impossible, strategist says

Harnett said that domestic companies – those in the FTSE 250 – “will be the ones that struggle,” which is a point of concern for the U.K.

“When the markets see a crack they go for it in a big way and we see that crack being widened out in the U.K.,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe.”

— Hannah Ward-Glenton

Stocks on the move: Thyssenkrupp down 8%, Roche up 5%

Shares of German multinational conglomerate Thyssenkrupp fell 8% in early trade after JPMorgan reinstated its coverage of the stock with an “underweight” rating.

At the top of the Stoxx 600, Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche jumped 5.7% after a positive read-across from an Alzheimer’s drug study by rivals Eisai and Biogen.

– Elliot Smith

Yields on 20-year and 30-year UK gilts top 5%

Yields on 20-year and 30-year U.K. gilts pushed past the 5% mark on Wednesday as the extraordinary sell-off in U.K. fixed income market continued.

Bond yields move inversely to prices. The new government’s so-called “mini-budget” on Friday sparked a wave of selling in British fixed income markets, with gilt yields now set for their biggest monthly climb since at least 1957, according to a Reuters analysis of both Refinitiv and Bank of England data.

– Elliot Smith

IMF gives damning verdict on Britain’s tax cuts

Signage outside the International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The IMF slashed its world growth forecast by the most since the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, and projected even faster inflation, after Russia invaded Ukraine and China renewed virus lockdowns. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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U.S. 10-year Treasury yield breaches 4% for the first time since 2010

CNBC Pro: Credit Suisse says now’s the time to buy two green hydrogen stocks — and gives one over 200% upside

Credit Suisse says it’s time to enter the green hydrogen sector, with a number of catalysts set to drive the clean energy powerhouse.

“Green hydrogen is a growth market — we increase our 2030 market estimates by [over] 4x,” the bank said, forecasting that green hydrogen production will expand by around 40 times by 2030.

It names two stocks to play the boom — giving one upside of more than 200%.

CNBC Pro subscribers can read more here.

— Weizhen Tan

CNBC Pro: Asset manager reveals what’s next for stocks — and shares how he’s trading the market

CNBC Pro Talks: Asset manager Neil Veitch on top picks — and stocks to avoid — as volatility persists

Neil Veitch, investment director at Edinburgh-based SVM Asset Management, says he expects the macro landscape to remain “quite difficult” for the remainder of the year.  

Speaking to CNBC Pro Talks last week, Veitch named the key drivers that could help the stock market to turn “more constructive” and shared his take on growth versus value.

CNBC Subscribers can read more here.

— Zavier Ong

U.S. 10-year yield closes in on key 4% level

The 10-year Treasury yield is edging close to 4%, a level it has not touched since 2010.

The U.S. 10-year is the benchmark yield that sets the course for home mortgage rates and other consumer and business loans. It has bounded higher this week, as U.K. gilt yields race higher and on expectations of an aggressive Federal Reserve.

The yield was at 3.96% in afternoon trading. The 10-year yield reversed an earlier decline and gained about basis points. (A basis point equals 0.01 of a percentage point)

“It’s definitely been impressive, and I just think no one is yet willing to step in and catch the falling knife,” said Ben Jeffery of BMO. He added a lack of liquidity has also been pushing up yields, which move opposite price.

Jeffery said the yield was also moving higher ahead of the 1 p.m. auction of 5-year notes.

He said the 10-year tested the 4% level in 2010. “The last time we were sustainably above 4% was 2008. There’s another technical level at 4.10% and then there’s not much of note until 4.25%,” he said.

Patti Domm

European markets: Here are the opening calls

European stocks are expected to open in negative territory on Wednesday as investors react to the latest U.S. inflation data.

The U.K.’s FTSE index is expected to open 47 points lower at 7,341, Germany’s DAX 86 points lower at 13,106, France’s CAC 40 down 28 points and Italy’s FTSE MIB 132 points lower at 22,010, according to data from IG.

Global markets have pulled back following a higher-than-expected U.S. consumer price index report for August which showed prices rose by 0.1% for the month and 8.3% annually in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday, defying economist expectations that headline inflation would fall 0.1% month-on-month.

Core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy costs, climbed 0.6% from July and 6.3% from August 2021.

U.K. inflation figures for August are due and euro zone industrial production for July will be published.

— Holly Ellyatt



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