By Emily Horton
European stocks were down on Tuesday, as investors responded poorly to earnings from HSBC and BHP Group while trade negotiations between the U.S. and China continue in Washington.
HSBC Holdings PLC lost 3% after a disappointing set of annual results.
How are markets performing?
The Stoxx Europe 600 /zigman2/quotes/210599654/delayed XX:SXXP +0.46% lost 0.4% to 368.32 on Tuesday, after the index climbed by 0.2% on Monday.
Italy’s FTSE MIB /zigman2/quotes/210598024/delayed IT:I945 +0.18% led the region’s decliners losing 0.9% to 20,142.77. The FTSE 100 /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX +0.20% followed, dropping 0.5% to 7,187.13.
France’s CAC 40 /zigman2/quotes/210597958/delayed FR:PX1 +0.71% lost 0.3% to 5,151.31, while Spain’s IBEX 35 /zigman2/quotes/210597995/delayed XX:IBEX -0.42% lost 0.3% and Germany’s DAX /zigman2/quotes/210223310/composite DAX +0.72% fell by 0.2% to 11,272.50.
What’s driving the markets?
The markets mainly reacted to the latest set of company earnings from heavyweights HSBC Holdings PLC /zigman2/quotes/208272822/composite HSBC +0.07% /zigman2/quotes/203901799/delayed UK:HSBA +0.01% /zigman2/quotes/203901799/delayed UK:HSBA +0.01% and the world’s largest listed miner by market value BHP Group /zigman2/quotes/203323256/delayed UK:BHP +0.65% .
HSBC Holdings PLC /zigman2/quotes/208272822/composite HSBC +0.07% /zigman2/quotes/203901799/delayed UK:HSBA +0.01% reported lower than expected fourth-quarter profits, leading to a 3% drop in the share price. The full results show that the bank secured a full-year net profit of $12.6 billion, less than the $13.71 billion analysts expected.
Newly appointed HSBC chief executive John Flint said that the bank had been on track to meet targets until revenues collapsed in parts of the bank in November. He said it was “very much a fourth-quarter problem” and that the bank started 2019 in a “fundamentally different” position.
Results from other U.K. banks are expected later this week, including Lloyds Banking Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/202285510/delayed UK:LLOY +0.84% , which added 0.4% on Tuesday, and Barclays PLC /zigman2/quotes/208409333/delayed UK:BARC +1.00% which stayed mostly flat.
BHP Group /zigman2/quotes/203323256/delayed UK:BHP +0.65% also failed to impress investors, despite 87% rise in first-half net profits to $3.76 billion, leading to a 1.2% drop in the share price. “Its results have missed expectations on multiple metrics after a series of production issues at some of its copper and iron ore mines. Rising costs have also been an issue.” Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell said.
In Washington, U.S.-China trade negotiations continue, with President Donald Trump reportedly pursuing an ambitious makeover for U.S. commercial ties. However, investors are still concerned about the progress made on contentious issues such as Washington’s dissatisfaction over Chinese technology and trade policies.
Meanwhile, data from the Ifo Institute showed that although Germany’s current account surplus shrank, it remained the world’s largest net exporter, Reuters reported .
What stocks are active?
German building materials provider HeidelbergCement AG /zigman2/quotes/202418791/delayed DE:HEI +0.19% added 4%, after the it announced a rise in fourth-quarter revenue fueled by higher sales.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/202865596/delayed UK:IHG -2.92% added 2%, after the owner of the Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotel brands said revenues increased to $4.34 billion from $4.08 billion a year before.