European stocks retreat, having rallied before Senate passage of stimulus bill – MarketWatch

European stocks retreat, having rallied before Senate passage of stimulus bill – MarketWatch

European stocks pulled back on Thursday as markets had rallied ahead of the U.S. Senate passing a stimulus bill in a bid to cushion the blow from coronavirus shutdowns across the world’s largest economy.

After rallying 11.75% the last two trading days — the largest such move since Oct. 14, 2008 — the Stoxx Europe 600

fell 1.7%.

U.S. stock futures

also were lower. Traders awaited a report on U.S. initial jobless claims that is expected to show millions filing for unemployment benefits.


, the cruise-ship operator, slumped 6%, and miners including Rio Tinto

and BHP Group

also dropped sharply.

The Senate ended up passing the bill by a vote of 96-0, with expectations the House of Representatives will vote on the legislation on Friday.

The big item on Thursday’s agenda will be the release of U.S. jobless claims, which is expected to spike into the millions.

Strategists at Societe Generale say sell-side earnings estimates are still high, with expectations of 2% Stoxx 600 earnings per share growth.

“These expectations look extremely high to us considering the global economic slowdown, particularly as the U.S. and Europe should see a recession this year,” they said, noting European earnings fell on average 37% from peak to trough during the last three recessions, and that profit warnings will “mushroom.”

“As dividends are strongly correlated with earnings, we expect some dividend cuts ahead,” they said.

British Land

and Weir Group

were among the European companies that halted dividends on Thursday.

Italy and the U.S. may surpass China in total coronavirus cases by the weekend, according to Deutsche Bank. Italy and the troubled Lombardy region have seen new-case growth decline.

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