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Stocks fall across Europe and Nasdaq futures tumble 1%, as inflation concerns and selloff sentiment spread

By Jack Denton

Miners and major oil companies lead the charge into the red, alongside tech and travel stocks

Stocks fell across Europe on Tuesday as Nasdaq futures tumbled more than 1%, with rising U.S. inflation concerns spooking investor sentiment.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 slipped 2%, after closing at a fresh record high on Monday. In London, the FTSE 100 fell 2.3%, while the CAC 40 in Paris was 1.9% lower and Frankfurt's DAX dropped 2.1%.

Dow industrials futures were pointing down around 170 points, set for a weak open after the index fell 35 points on Monday to close at 34,742.

Every constituent of the three major stock market indexes in London, Paris, and Frankfurt was in the red in early trading. Stocks in Europe, as well as Asia, followed Wall Street's move lower on Monday, led down by the tech-heavy Nasdaq which tumbled 2.55%.

"Once again it has been concern about inflation that appears to be weighing on broader market sentiment, with commodity prices once again the major culprit, ahead of U.S. CPI numbers that are due out later this week," said Michael Hewson, an analyst at CMC Markets.

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Investors will be closely watching the headline U.S. inflation figure -- the Consumer Price Index, or CPI -- when it is released on Wednesday. Hewson expects to see "a big rise" in this key measure.

"It seems that investors are now fretting about rising prices and sharply higher inflation again," Hewson said. "The big question is whether they are right to be, and while we've seen sharply higher prices in the latest ISM [Institute for Supply Management] surveys and commodity prices are also on a tear, the bigger concern is whether they are likely to be temporary, or much more persistent. In the short term, it is probably too early to know."

There was a particular weakness in companies exposed to commodity prices -- especially miners and major oil companies -- as well as tech groups and travel stocks in Europe.

The London-listed miners Rio Tinto , Glencore , Anglo American , BHP , Fresnillo , Antofagasta , and Polymetal International were all lower, alongside European-listed oil groups BP , Royal Dutch Shell , Total (FP.FR), and Eni . Shares in the world's largest steel producer, Luxembourgish ArcelorMittal , were the biggest faller on Paris' CAC 40.

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Tech companies were also battered, including Dutch semiconductor group ASML , German software giant SAP , Finnish telecom Nokia , and British high-tech grocer and robotics logistics specialist Ocado .

In travel stocks, airlines International Airlines Group -- which owns British Airways -- Air France-KLM , Lufthansa , easyJet , Ryanair , and Wizz Air took a nosedive, as did hotel giants InterContinental Hotels Group and Accor .

But British e-commerce player The Hut Group was a standout, with the stock up more than 11%, after a $1.6 billion deal with Japanese technology investment giant SoftBank.

Shares in battery manufacturer Invinity Energy Systems also rose 30%, after striking a deal with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to develop grid-scale vanadium flow batteries.

-Jack Denton; 415-439-6400;


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