European markets to open higher as sharp drop in global bond yields stabilizes

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European markets are expected to open higher Thursday as investors swing back toward risk assets.

The FTSE 100 is seen around 25 points higher at 7,224, the DAX is expected to open around 105 points into positive territory at 11,755 and the CAC 40 is set to climb by around 52 points to 5,319, according to IG data.

A sharp decline in bond yields stabilized late on Wednesday’s session to temper concerns over slowing economic growth. The sharp rally in fixed income caused a slide in equity markets in the previous session with investors fleeing to safe-haven assets.

Meanwhile, investors are also monitoring the yuan, after China’s central bank set the official reference rate for the Chinese currency at 7.0039 yuan per dollar on Thursday — the weakest level since April 21, 2008. Stocks in Asia traded higher Thursday afternoon as Chinese customs data showed a surprise jump in the country’s July exports despite its protracted trade war with the U.S.

Back in Europe, British Airways is resuming services after its latest IT meltdown. The airline’s online check-in systems were down for 12 hours, forcing passengers to endure cancellations, delays and long lines at London airports.

Earnings are also in focus for major European corporates, after German submarines-to-elevators giant Thyssenkrupp posted a net loss of 94 million euros ($105.37 million) for the quarter and posted its fourth profit warning under current boss Guido Kerkhoff.

Sportswear giant Adidas beat expectations with a second-quarter net profit of 531 million euros and backed its 2019 guidance.

Deutsche Telekom reported an increase of 7.1 percent for core profits, in line with expectations, while Swiss staffing group Adecco posted falling revenues during the second quarter, pointing to hiring slowdowns in Europe’s automotive and manufacturing sector.

Source: CNBC

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