European stocks end the day 1.61% higher after ECB rate hike
The ECB raised rates by 25 basis points, bringing the central bank’s main deposit facility to 4%. It was at -0.5% in June 2022, before the bank started its rate increases.
— Hannah Ward-Glenton
Venture capitalist says he wouldn’t rule out a secondary Arm listing in London
Acorn founder Hermann Hauser, which played a key role in the early stages of chip design company Arm, discusses the company’s listing and development since it was taken over by Softbank.
U.S. stocks open higher Thursday
The major averages opened higher Thursday.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 145 points or 0.4%. S&P 500 gained 0.5%, while Nasdaq Composite moved about 0.5% higher.
— Sarah Min
European Central Bank hikes interest rates to record level
The European Central Bank hiked interest rates to a record level as the bank puts tackling inflation ahead of bolstering the weakening economy.
The base rate now sits at 4% after the 25-basis-point increase.
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— Hannah Ward-Glenton
Economic data fuels risk of ECB policy mistake, JPMorgan Asset Management says
The European Central Bank is likely to impose a “dovish” interest rate hike on Thursday, according to JPMorgan Asset Management’s Iain Stealey. But he warned the central bank must be wary of a potential policy error.
“I feel it is going to be more towards the dovish hike,” Stealey told CNBC’s “Street Signs Europe” ahead of the ECB’s meeting.
His comments come at a time when expectations for Thursday’s policy meeting are split between a so-called “hawkish pause” and a “dovish hike.” Some traders expect ECB policymakers to hold interest rates steady, while others anticipate a 25-basis-point increase.
“It does feel that they want to hike but when you look at the economic data, it does smell of a possibility of policy mistakes and I think they’ll want to be clear around the fact that, you know, we are seeing weakness,” Stealey said.
— Sam Meredith
The timing is ‘quite right’ for IPOs, says Nasdaq’s EMEA head of listings
Adam Kostyál, head of listings for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Nasdaq, discusses the significance of Arm’s initial public offering and Instacart’s upcoming one.
Autos fall amid EU-China spat over electric vehicle subsidies, U.S. strike threat
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European autos stocks fell 1.2% Thursday morning, leading sector losses, as a retaliatory fight over electric vehicle subsidies threatened to break out between the European Union and China.
The EU on Wednesday announced an investigation into subsidies given to EV-makers in China, with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen saying Europe was “open to competition but not for a race to the bottom.”
She told lawmakers, “Take the electric vehicle sector, it is a crucial industry for the clean economy with a huge potential in Europe, but global markets are now flooded with cheaper Chinese electric cars and their prices are kept artificially low by huge state subsidies.”
China soon hit back, with the moves criticized by the secretary-general of the China Passenger Car Association and the Ministry of Commerce, raising the specter of retaliatory tariffs.
Investors will also be monitoring developments in the United States, where a widespread auto workers strike may be called at the end of Thursday.
— Jenni Reid
‘Higher for longer’ will be negative surprise for market, Raymond James’ Haldea says
Sunaina Sinha Haldea, global head of private capital advisory at Raymond James, discusses the inflation outlook and risks to stocks.
Europe stocks open little changed
European stock markets were cautiously higher early Thursday, with the European Central Bank’s monetary policy decision due this afternoon on a knife-edge.
The pan-regional Stoxx 600 index was initially up by 0.1% but was nearly flat by 8:30 a.m. London time.
The benchmark declined in the prior two sessions.
Stoxx 600 index.
Euro nudges higher ahead of ECB decision
European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde gestures while speaking to reporters following the Governing Council’s monetary policy meeting, in Frankfurt, Germany June 15, 2023.
Kai Pfaffenbach | Reuters
The euro was cautiously higher against the U.S. dollar Thursday morning after hitting a three-month low against the greenback, as U.S. inflation data failed to shift market expectations for a pause in Federal Reserve rate hikes.
The euro was up by 0.15% to $1.074 at 8:30 a.m. Frankfurt time. The EU currency was also 0.1% higher against the British pound, at 0.859.
Opinions are split on whether the European Central Bank will announce a rate hike at 2:15 p.m. Frankfurt time, with markets pricing in a roughly 64% probability of a hike — up from around 40% in recent days.
It marks a shift for the central bank, which in prior meetings has given a much firmer indication of its actions ahead of decision day.
“The ECB has moved to a data-dependent approach and, as such, is likely to be influenced by the deceleration in price pressures highlighted in August’s inflation report and the lacklustre level of gross domestic product growth (0.1%) in Q2,” Henk Potts, market strategist at Barclays Private Bank, said in a note.
“Expectations of stagnating economic activity and inflation returning towards the ECB’s 2% inflation target in 2024 may mean the central bank will keep rates on hold this week. Furthermore, in our view the Governing Council is likely to keep policy rates on hold through to the middle of 2024, with July’s rate rise proving to be the final hike of this cycle.”
— Jenni Reid
CNBC Pro: Arm IPO: Should you buy shares? Here’s what 4 analysts are saying
Softbank shares slip slightly after Arm prices IPO at $51 per share
Softbank shares slipped as much as 2.17% in the morning session, before paring some of its losses later in the day.
At $51 per share, Arm’s fully diluted market capitalization, which includes outstanding restricted stock units, is worth more than $54 billion. Arm’s shares will start trading on Thursday on the Nasdaq.
The U.K.-based company is listing at least 95.5 million American depository shares on the Nasdaq, and SoftBank, its current owner, will control about 90% of the company’s outstanding shares.
CNBC Pro: Goldman says these global stocks are set to soar on share buybacks — giving one over 100% upside
Analysts from Goldman Sachs named the European stocks they predict will announce significant buybacks until 2024 — which they say will present substantial upside to their share prices.
Buybacks essentially reduce the amount of shares in circulation and can bump up their price — one of many ways companies can reward shareholders.
— Amala Balakrishner
August core inflation, excluding and food and energy, comes in slightly hotter than expected
Core CPI, excluding food and energy, rose 0.3% on a monthly basis in August, slightly ahead of the 0.2% increase expected by economists polled by Dow Jones. The figure rose 4.3% from a year ago, in line with estimates.
The headline number rose 0.6% last month and in line with Dow Jones estimates. Headline prices increased 3.7% on a year-over-year basis, ahead of the 3.6% expected by economists.
— Samantha Subin
European markets: Here are the opening calls
European markets are expected to open in mixed territory Thursday.
The U.K.’s FTSE 100 index is expected to open 2 points higher at 7,537, Germany’s DAX up 14 points at 15,818, France’s CAC 11 points lower at 7,218 and Italy’s FTSE MIB up 90 points at 28,583, according to data from IG.
The main event for investors today is the European Central Bank’s monetary policy decision.
— Holly Ellyatt