European stocks head for negative open ahead of Fed meeting, earnings

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  • European stocks are expected to open lower Tuesday as global markets prepare for the first day of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting, and more earnings.
  • London’s FTSE is seen opening 13 points lower at 6,954, Germany’s DAX down 32 points at 15,268, France’s CAC 40 down 15 points at 6,292 and Italy’s FTSE MIB 3 points higher at 24,272, according to IG.

LONDON — European stocks are expected to open lower Tuesday as global markets prepare for the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting, which begins today, and more earnings.

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London’s FTSE is seen opening 13 points lower at 6,954, Germany’s DAX down 32 points at 15,268, France’s CAC 40 down 15 points at 6,292 and Italy’s FTSE MIB 3 points higher at 24,272, according to IG.

European markets look set to follow their global counterparts lower: Shares in Asia-Pacific were lower Tuesday morning as investors anticipated the Bank of Japan’s latest interest rate decision.

Elsewhere, U.S. stock futures held steady in overnight trading on Monday as investors braced for another batch of corporate earnings. Key companies such as Alphabet, Microsoft, Starbucks and AMD report after the bell.

Global markets will be watching the U.S. Federal Reserve this week as it kicks off its two-day policy meeting on Tuesday. The central bank is not expected to take any action, but investors will pay close attention to comments from Chairman Jerome Powell, particularly regarding inflation.

Investors will be digesting the latest earnings from HSBC, Europe’s largest lender by assets, which reported first-quarter pre-tax profits that beat estimates but its revenue was down.

More earnings are due in Europe, with BP, UBS, ABB, Schneider Electric, Novartis and Whitbread all reporting. On the data front, flash Italian business and consumer confidence data for April is due.

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