By Barbara Kollmeyer
European stocks slipped on Wednesday, following the second-highest close ever for the main index, as Deutsche Bank results disappointed, dragging the heavily weighted financial sector down.
The Stoxx Europe 600 /zigman2/quotes/210599654/delayed XX:SXXP +0.01% fell 0.4% to 473. Of the major regional indexes, the German DAX /zigman2/quotes/210597999/delayed DX:DAX -0.21% and French CAC 40 /zigman2/quotes/210597958/delayed FR:PX1 +0.05% each lost around 0.2%.
Decliners included Novartis /zigman2/quotes/203243705/composite NVS +0.84% /zigman2/quotes/203286410/delayed CH:NOVN +0.11% , Rio Tinto /zigman2/quotes/202627887/composite RIO -0.44% /zigman2/quotes/208934945/delayed UK:RIO +0.34% and Prosus /zigman2/quotes/214038022/delayed NL:PRX -0.31% .
The biggest Stoxx 600 gainer was SEB /zigman2/quotes/210398461/delayed FR:SK +0.52% , which rose 13% after well-received results from the French consortium and producer of small appliances. Third-quarter earnings included another lift to fiscal 2021 growth guidance and a rebound for its professional segment, noted a team of Citi analysts led by Edward Maravanyika.
The biggest Stoxx 600 faller was Kindred Group /zigman2/quotes/206595359/delayed UK:0RDS -0.78% , which fell 12%.
Deutsche Bank /zigman2/quotes/203042512/composite DB +0.86% shares slid over 5%. The German banking giant reported third-quarter profit and revenue that beat analysts’ forecasts as gains for its asset-management unit offset lower investment bank revenue and restructuring charges.
The beats by Deutsche were largely due to lower loan losses, noted Citi’s Jason Bazinet and Steven Sheeckutz. “2021 revenues are still expected to be ‘essentially flat’ vs 2020, consistent with prior guidance and below consensus for a 3% increase,” said the pair, in a note.
Also performing poorly was Banco Santander /zigman2/quotes/205677933/delayed ES:SAN -0.62% /zigman2/quotes/205677933/delayed ES:SAN -0.62% , down over 2%. The Spanish banking giant said it would outperform profitability guidance after reporting higher third-quarter earnings, as revenues rose and provisions eased.
Jefferies analysts Benjie Creelan-Sandford and Marco Nicolai said momentum for the bank on net interest income and provisions undershooting should be welcomed, but its weak spots remain higher group costs and provisions for Brazil operations.
On the higher side, Puma /zigman2/quotes/203655455/delayed XE:PUM -0.55% shares jumped over 3% after the German sportswear maker reported better-than-expected results, along with a guidance lift for the full year and expected momentum acceleration in EMEA/Americas, noted RBC analyst Piral Dadhania.
The FTSE 100 /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX -0.05% lost 0.2% to 7,260.18, weighed by mining stocks. Investors were absorbing Wednesday’s U.K. budget announcement, which saw pub operators such as J.D. Wetherspoon /zigman2/quotes/209658419/delayed UK:JDW -2.19% climb on news of tax cuts for beer and sparkling wine .
But U.K. bond yields /zigman2/quotes/211347177/realtime BX:TMBMKGB-10Y -6.67% fell after a government watchdog said the budget laid out by Chancellor Rishi would lift the country’s tax burden to 1950s era highs .